Sport does not recognise anything other than on-field performance: Tendulkar

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February 23, 2021

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Mumbai, Feb 23: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar firmly believes that sport only recognises performance on the field and not the background of an athlete.

One of the game's all-time greats, Tendulkar retired in 2013 after breaking a plethora of records during a glorious career.

"Every time we enter the dressing room, it really didn't matter where you came from, which part of the country and where you belong. It was a level field for everyone.

"Sport doesn't recognise anything other than your performance on field," Tendulkar told PTI during a virtual interaction after being named as the brand ambassador of e-learning platform 'Unacademy'.

He spoke about sports unifying people through the new initiative.

"You are out there as an individual who wants to contribute towards the team," added the 47-year-old legendary batsman, who will connect with students and share his experiences.

"That is what we want to do, try and share my experiences. (I was) being part of different schools along board and met different coaches. I myself learnt a lot and those are the experiences I want to share.

"We will be conducting classes free of cost, so I think we wanted this platform to be accessible to anyone and everyone," the batsman, who has numerous records to his name, added.

He also advised students to continue chasing their goals and make that extra effort.

"Continue to chase your dreams, dreams do come true, number of times we push ourselves and we feel it is a dead end, but it is never dead end, so take that extra step and you will achieve your goal," he said.

He also remembered his father late Ramesh Tendulkar, who was a professor and recalled how he travelled through Mumbai to impart lessons to his students.

"When we talk about accessibility, I remember my father, was also a professor and he would travel from one end to other end of Mumbai and constantly be busy teaching his students.

"Today if he was alive, he would have been really proud of what Unacademy has enabled to do, because then not in thousands, but millions had access to him."

According to Unacademy CEO and co-founder Gaurav Munjal, Tendulkar told him to reach out to 1 billion users. 

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February 15,2021

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Hisar, Feb 15: The Haryana Police has filed an FIR against former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh over his alleged casteist remarks against Yuzvendra Chahal during an Instagram chat last year, officials said on Monday.

It was during one of the Instagram live sessions with Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma when Yuvraj made the offensive comment about Chahal, while talking about his regular social media posts.

Singh (39) had apologised for the remarks, saying he "unintentionally" hurt public sentiments.

"An FIR has been filed against Yuvraj Singh based on a complaint by lawyer Rajat Kalsan at the Hansi Police Station," Hansi Superintendent of Police, Nikita Gahlaut said on Monday. 

She said the case was lodged on Sunday under various provisions of IPC and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Kalsan had filed the police complaint last year.

Police said the FIR has been lodged under IPC sections 153 (giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.) and under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities), Act.

Kalsan had alleged that Singh's comment had hurt the sentiments of the Dalit community, stating that a large number of people had watched the video on social media.

The lawyer had also complained to Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij, who had ordered the Haryana Director General of Police to take action in the matter.
Kalsan had also filed a petition in the special court established under the SC/ST Act in Hisar. The court had summoned the status report of the case from Hansi police.

Expressing regret over the comments, the former India cricketer had tweeted, "I understand that while I was having a conversation with my friends, I was misunderstood, which was unwarranted. However, as a responsible Indian I want to say that if I have unintentionally hurt anybody's sentiments or feelings, I would like to express regret for the same."

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February 23,2021

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Mumbai, Feb 23: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar firmly believes that sport only recognises performance on the field and not the background of an athlete.

One of the game's all-time greats, Tendulkar retired in 2013 after breaking a plethora of records during a glorious career.

"Every time we enter the dressing room, it really didn't matter where you came from, which part of the country and where you belong. It was a level field for everyone.

"Sport doesn't recognise anything other than your performance on field," Tendulkar told PTI during a virtual interaction after being named as the brand ambassador of e-learning platform 'Unacademy'.

He spoke about sports unifying people through the new initiative.

"You are out there as an individual who wants to contribute towards the team," added the 47-year-old legendary batsman, who will connect with students and share his experiences.

"That is what we want to do, try and share my experiences. (I was) being part of different schools along board and met different coaches. I myself learnt a lot and those are the experiences I want to share.

"We will be conducting classes free of cost, so I think we wanted this platform to be accessible to anyone and everyone," the batsman, who has numerous records to his name, added.

He also advised students to continue chasing their goals and make that extra effort.

"Continue to chase your dreams, dreams do come true, number of times we push ourselves and we feel it is a dead end, but it is never dead end, so take that extra step and you will achieve your goal," he said.

He also remembered his father late Ramesh Tendulkar, who was a professor and recalled how he travelled through Mumbai to impart lessons to his students.

"When we talk about accessibility, I remember my father, was also a professor and he would travel from one end to other end of Mumbai and constantly be busy teaching his students.

"Today if he was alive, he would have been really proud of what Unacademy has enabled to do, because then not in thousands, but millions had access to him."

According to Unacademy CEO and co-founder Gaurav Munjal, Tendulkar told him to reach out to 1 billion users. 

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February 18,2021

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Since the inception of online betting in India, Indian cricketers and popular Bollywood and Kollywood stars have been the face of online betting. MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli, Sunny Leone and several other celebrities have appeared in advertisements promoting online betting games. 

Recently, celebrity endorsements of online betting have not gone down too well with the Kerala High Court. The Kerala High Court issued a notice to India’s Cricket captain Virat Kohli and South Indian film actress Tamanna Bhatia. These celebrities are the brand ambassadors of online rummy games.

A division bench, headed by Chief Justice S Manikumar, also issued notice to Malayalam actor Aju Varghese in this regard. Aju Varghese is a popular face in Kerala cinema and is well known for his award winning comedy in movies such as ‘Oru Vadakkan Selfie’ & ‘Two Countries’.

The Kerala High Court also issued a plea to the state government seeking a ban on online gambling in the state.

Challenging the Kerala Gaming Act

Laws regarding online betting in India are determined by the state governments. The Kerala Gaming Act 1960, restricts gaming activities conducted in common gaming houses. Online gambling, wagering or betting activities do not fall in the ambit of this act because people can indulge in these activities from a private space. 

The petition seeks a declaration that online gambling and online betting, more particularly “online rummy” are unlawful and illegal. 

The petition also seeks to direct the State Government to take appropriate steps to ban all forms of online gambling and betting. The petitioner contends that the Kerala Gaming Act 1960 is inadequate to deal with challenges posed by online gambling as it does not have provisions covering activities done virtually via electronic devices.

What drove the petition?

The Petitioner, Pauly Vadakkan alleged that online gambling is now a growing menace in Kerala. As per the petition, the primary targets of online gambling are middle to low-income group people who are enticed to make easy money. 

The petitioner alleged that there have been many reported cases across Kerala in which people have got scammed. He provided the reference of the recent alleged suicide of a 28-year old man, an ISRO employee hailing from Kattakkada in Thiruvananthapuram district. The petitioner said the man had fallen into the trap of online rummy games and pushed himself to a debt of Rs 21 lakh.

Platforms endorsed by celebrities, such as Kohli, Bhatia and Varghese, attract their audience with fake promises. However, in reality, the chances of winnings claimed are few.

What lies ahead?

The Kerala state government and the high court are to arrive at a final consensus in the next few weeks. It is anticipated that the recent developments in the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh may influence the Kerala government’s stance on online betting.

Andhra Pradesh recently banned online betting. However, players in Kerala are hopeful that the government empowers citizens of Kerala to distinguish between right and wrong. 

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