Thursday, September 27, 2007

Why Mr. Carvalho is angry?


Right issue but wrong time

Indian Hockey players won Asia Cup. Indian Cricket players won Twenty-20 world cup. And few days back Indian soccer players clinched the Nehru Cup. Three different sports, three different tournaments at different venues but common thing is that India is the winner.

Hockey and Soccer tournaments were held in India and Twenty-20 tournament was concluded in South Africa. In Twenty-20 total 12 countries participated. All the giants including Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and New Zealand were there and India won all the matches in tournament except one against NZ in Super Eight. Victory against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan was perfect example of Team Work.

In Asia cup hockey also India won all the seven matches they played. But winning was not the only positive outcome of the tournament. Indians struck 57 goals and accepted just five in tournament. They beat strong teams like South Korea and Japan in Semis.

Though situation was different in Nehru Cup, credit should certainly go to Indians for their victory. Only five teams were participated in it. Syria and Kirgizistan were two teams in tournament which had better performance than India in past. Other two teams, which played, were Bangladesh and Cambodia. In tournament India lost to only Syria in league match but took revenge after winning final against Syria by 1-0.

This is the performance of three different Indian teams, which participated in three different tournaments. After all win is win and nothing is better than success. But still there is controversy after grand reception that was given to Indian Cricket team in Mumbai.

Indian hockey team coach Jockim Carvalho was angry about the Red Carpet treatment given to Indian Cricket team by state Government and Board of Cricket Control of India. First of all we have to accept that though Hockey is National Sports of India Cricket is the only popular sports in India. That’s why people, media and sponsors are behind cricket. Till few years back our Hockey team had no sponsor. After that Castrol Oils came forward and sponsored the team.

Second thing is that if BCCI has welcomed the team and people have turn up to streets in huge numbers to welcome the team then why Mr. Carvalho is upset. It is the fact that Central and State governments are not appreciating victory of sports persons other than cricket. Cricketers are not dependent on government. They are earning lot from sponsors and advertisements. But this is not the thing for other sports. They have to depend a lot on aid by state and central governments.

I recall one incident of Indian archer Chakrovelu. She lives in northeast. She had to wait for more than two years to receive amount of just Two Lac. She fought against red tapism of government. After taking issue in court of central sports minister she got justice but only after two years. This is just an example of how other sports and sports persons are treated in India.

So the point, which Mr. Carvalho has raised, is not wrong but the time, which he selected, is wrong. He should have raised the issue just after Asia Cup victory. Because none can understand the situation of these winners except they raise voice. Unless you raise voice or fight you wont get anything in this country. This is the condition of sports in India.

Hockey players have done extremely well in Asia Cup. Soccer players took tremendous efforts to win Nehru Cup trophy. It is the thing with cricketers also. So government should also treat every sport with same yardstick.

I have heard live interview of Carvalho on Times Now channel. He congratulated Indian team for World Cup victory and said that he was never angry about the grand reception of cricketers. He also asked the various state and Central government to stop giving stepmotherly treatment to sports other than cricket. He never commented that our victory is more prestigious or more meaningful than cricket. He was angry with politicians and not with cricketers and cricket fans. This is the perfect stand by Carvalho. But still question remains that is this the right time to raise this question?

12 comments:

Deepu said...

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Hats off to JADYA!!!

rajendra said...

Hey Jadu one of the best article

Raju

Anonymous said...

Personally I don't think anything is wrong in the timing. When everything is in 'big hype' then only you are listened, that is the sad state of other sports. My opinion is it was the timing of the outburst that 'forced' karnataka govt and AIr India (read Praful Patel ) to announce rewards for players. As all the rewards showered on the T20 champs was fresh in mind of everybody, ppl,media everybody, Joaqim had a perfect example for comparision.And Joaqim has not said anything against the parent body (BCCI) giving cash rewards, he is angry at state govt, which should treat all achivements equally and I think he is perfect in his stand and in his timing too.........

Ashutosh Soman

kiran said...

what a good job! keep it up.

Mazemat said...

Good yar. Keep it up. Nice writing. Regularity should be maintained to ease the desperate waiting of your readers. And one more thing I wanna say that is write down on some issues other than sports. Keep informing.

arun said...

i also feel the same way buddy..

clash said...

what is wrong with the time?

Questions like those needs to be asked and definitely; this is the best time and cheers to our Hockey coach who expressed his contempt.

TUBBY& MOTOR MOUTH said...

Hockey coach is quite right & I will tell u that he knows a BIT about timing too! this was the perfect scenario. at least people could compare that these r the rewards showered on cricketers, while this much only went to Hockey players. But I think Carvalho should blame his own federation.

தருமி said...

a personal question, gentle man. even you, when you write this post, stopped with a photo of a cricketeer. you dont have the heart to have a photo of a footballer or hockey player.
of course i admit the face in the photo you have published is well known to everyone. but you have added two more from the other two sports at least with their names underneath!

then i would have felt that at least this blogger has done equal justice to all sports.

தருமி said...

a corrigendum in the previous comment, please!

....but you could have added two more from the other two sports at least with ...

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