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MM Mani says India deserves only 'iron' in sports meet, and he has a reason to say so

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idukki-revenue-district-school-meet-1 Athletes watch as heavy rain lashes the NR City HSS grounds in Rajakkad. Photo: Aravind Bala

Rajakkad, Idukki: Kerala electricity minister M. M. Mani on Saturday unleashed his fury on organizers of a school sports meet that was staged in torrential rain. Mani, known for his no-holds-barred speeches, reacted without mincing words as the Idukki revenue district sports meet was organized in non-stop rain. There was wild cheer from sports lovers as Mani asked how children will run on a ground which was as marshy as fruit juice after the showers.

The sports meet is taking place at the NR City HSS grounds in Rajakkad.

Mani said such faulty organizing of the events was the reason why India lagged behind in sports meets as other countries swept gold. “India is lucky for a rare bronze,” he said, mocking that “we would've won only iron had it been included”.

The minister started off with a scolding of organizers for not having a microphone stand on stage. Slamming the organizers for making the children run on slippery ground, Mani said, “It is not fair to test the strength of sporting stars. How can children compete properly when they have to focus on avoiding a fall.”

MM Mani says India deserves only 'iron' in sports meet, and he has a reason to say so MM Mani slammed the organizers for making the children run on slippery ground. Photo: Aravind Bala

The audience kept on cheering him with loud clapping.

Mani was also angry that people listed on the notice of the event were not seen on stage. “Why should you list people whose presence can't be ensured. Some officials think politicians have no work,” he said.

Vested interests

In a clear reference to cricketer Sreesanth, who was caught up I a match-fixing scam, Mani said Indian sports field was dominated by people with vested interests. “We had a boy in cricket, a bit arrogant though. He wasn't accorded his due place despite a court directive. He was kept aside because vested interests did not like him,” he said.

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