New Delhi: A video has been going viral on internet that has sparked controversy once again in the country. An official from Sports Authority of India (SAI) is seen taking foot massage from teenage athletes of the camp.
Sharmila Tejawat takes foot massage, video creates controversy; WATCH
A video of a teenage athlete giving a hand and foot massage to center in-charge Sharmila Tejawat at the Dhar-based Kushabhau Thackeray Special Area Games Centre has surfaced on social media. Ever since the video went viral on the internet, Sports Authority of India is facing a lot of embarrassment for subjecting young athletes to such act.
Tweets like “#धार #साई The video of the Training Center Sports Authority of India is going viral, in which the Sai Center center in-charge Sarmila Tejawat is seen pressing the players. Such exploitation of players? Please take note @Media_SAI @YASMinistry @ianuragthakur #वायरल_वीडियो,” are all over social media.
#धार #साई ट्रेनिंग सेंटर स्पोर्ट्स अथॉरिटी ऑफ इंडिया का वीडियो वायरल हो रहा है, जिसमें साई सेंटर केंद्र प्रभारी सर्मिला तेजावत खिलाड़ियों से पैर दबवातीं नज़र आ रहीं हैं। खिलाड़ियों का ऐसा शोषण? कृपया संज्ञान लें @Media_SAI @YASMinistry @ianuragthakur #वायरल_वीडियो pic.twitter.com/JxxzJTR080
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Players says ‘they are often forced to do so’
Players in the center have reportedly been informed that this is a regular ritual in the center, and kids are often forced to do such acts.
“Whatever the video is showing its all truth. We are often forced to give head or foot massage to our coaches,” said an athlete to a local reporter.
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Sports Authority of India suspends Sharmila Tejawat
Sports Authority of India has taken quick action on the viral video and suspended Sharmial Tejawat with immediate effect. Tejawat was the the girls’ coach of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in village Jetpura of Dhar district.
Sharmila Tejawat says ‘I am suffering from foot disease’
“There may be some conspiracy in this, I suffer from a foot disease. When the girls came to know about my well being, out of humanity, they massaged my feet. I have presented my case before the officers who came to investigate,” said Sharmila.