New Delhi: Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has taken a dig at Hockey India for taking a unilateral decision to withdraw from next year's Commonwealth Games and said it is necessary for the national federation to consult the government before taking any such decision. Thakur said the government has every right to decide on the representation of the national team as it is the main finance ruse of the Olympic Games in the country.
I think any federation should refrain from making such a statement and hold talks with the Government first, the same Sports Minister Thakur told reporters. Because it is not the federation team, it is the national team. He said that in this country with a population of 130 crores, only 18 players do not represent the country. This (Commonwealth Games) is a global competition and I say that they (Hockey India) should talk to the Government and the concerned Department, the decision will be taken by the Government.
At the same time, Hockey India had decided to withdraw from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Tuesday due to corona-related concerns and discriminatory regulations related to Britain's separation, following which Thakur's strong statement came. Hockey India had also said that there are only 32 days between the Birmingham Games (July 28 to August 8) and the Hangzhou Asian Games (September 10 to 25). With a gold medal at the Asian Games, the team will qualify directly for the 2024 Paris Olympics.