BCCI Chief Anurag Thakur Supports Politicians Running Sports Bodies

Updated: 01 June 2016 21:36 IST

Anurag Thakur, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, said people should appreciate politicians efforts to raise the profile of sports

BCCI Chief Anurag Thakur Supports Politicians Running Sports Bodies
Anurag Thakur, a three-time BJP MP, replaced Shashank Manohar as the BCCI president. © AFP

Shillong:

Anurag Thakur, Board of Cricket for Control of India (BCCI) president, asserted on Wednesday that politicians have the ability to head various national sports bodies in the country.

The 41-year-old three-time Lok Sabha member from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh was responding to a question on politicians heading various sports bodies in India.

"If politicians can run the country, they can run the sport bodies also," Thakur told reporters here.

"One should appreciate the hard work done by them. I was a cricketer first, sports administrator later, and then I became a politician. That does not disqualify me for becoming sports administrator. So they have contributed in creating infrastructure and that (politicians heading sports bodies) helps," he added.

Thakur also pointed out that elections are held to state sports bodies and players also contest the polls and get elected.

He added that big names like former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, among others, were part of the cricket associations in their respective states.

"I have come from sports to politics but, sports not really is the gateway to politics. If it is the gateway also, there's nothing in that because politics also is a platform to work for the country," Thakur said.

Topics : Board of Control for Cricket in India Cricket
Highlights
  • Politicians can run sports bodies, says BCCI chief Anurag Thakur
  • He is the second-youngest BCCI president
  • He is also a BJP Member of Parliament
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