Delhi stadium being shut early for athletes to let IAS officer walk with dog, Minister cracks whip


Representational image. Thyagraj Stadium which is shut early to allow an IAS officer walk with his dog there after office hours

An IAS officer posted with the Delhi government has sparked an outrage as the Thyagraj Stadium in the national capital was being shut early for athletes so that he could walk with his dog there after office hours.  

While athletes would train at the stadium till 8.30 pm earlier, they were now be asked to wind up by 7 pm so that 1994 batch IAS officer Sanjiv Khirwar could take a walk with his pet dog in the stadium.

The incident was highlighted in a report by the Indian Express today. The report cited a coach as saying that the practice and training routine of the athletes had got disrupted.

Union Minister of State for Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishore has called it a misuse of authority and demanded an apology from the officer, who is posted as Principal Secretary (Revenue) of the Delhi government.

“It's shameful that sportspersons have to empty the stadium premises because an IAS officer wants to walk with his dog. The officer should apologise. This is a misuse of his authority," the minister told news agency ANI.

Responding to the issue, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today directed all state-run sports facilities in Delhi to stay open for sportspersons till 10 pm.

Tagging the report, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said in a tweet: News reports have brought to our notice that certain sports facilities are being closed early causing inconvenience to sportsmen who wish to play till late night. CM @ArvindKejriwal has directed that all Delhi Govt sports facilities to stay open for sportsmen till 10 pm.

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