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Rajya Sabha denied him his maiden speech but Sachin Tendulkar found a way out

A day after being prevented from giving a speech in the Rajya Sabha , Sachin Tendulkar lauded the North-East in particular for having a ‘vibrant sporting culture’ in a video post on social media accounts

cricket Updated: Dec 22, 2017 19:43 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Sachin Tendulkar was unable to speak at the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, and subsequently took to Twitter to post his message.(PTI)

A day after cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, also a Rajya Sabha MP, was not allowed to speak about his vision on the future of sports in India and ‘right to play’ in the Upper House of the Parliament, the legendary batsman shared his thoughts on the same in a YouTube video. (IND v SL 2nd T20 LIVE)

In a video posted on his social media accounts, Tendulkar lauded the North-East in particular for having a ‘vibrant sporting culture’, saying India must move on from being a ‘sport-loving’ nation to ‘sport-playing’ nation.

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“We need to transform India from a sport-loving nation to a sport-playing nation, make everyone more active and participative, inculcate and develop a sporting culture in our country,” Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar highlighted the likes of Dipa Karmakar, Bhaichung Bhutia, Mary Kom and Mirabai Chanu as examples of the North-East’s excellence in sports.

“The north-east of India, which has only 4% population of India, has a vibrant sporting culture. It has produced many sporting heroes, including our boxing icon Mary Kom, recently crowned champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu,Deepa Karmakar, Bhaichung Bhutia, Sarita Devi, Sanjita Chanu and many, many more,” he said.

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“It is my endeavour to transform India from being a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation. I urge you all to participate in this effort and help make my dream, our dream. Always remember, dreams do come true! Jai Hind,” he wrote in his tweet.

Earlier on Thursday, Tendulkar had moved a Short Discussion Motion on the future of sports in India and right to play in his maiden speech on the floor of the upper house. However, before he could begin, Congress leaders created a ruckus that led to the adjournment of the Rajya Sabha proceedings.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 15:24 IST