Punjab: Arjuna awardee and former hockey captain Rajbir Kaur joins AAP

first_imgFormer Indian hockey captain Rajbir Kaur, aslo known as Golden Girl, today joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Chandigarh.Rajbir, an Arjuna awardee, is the only woman hockey player who represented the country for four consecutive Asian Games in 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994. She was honoured by many organisations for her achievements in the field of hockey.Addressing the media, Rajbir said that there is a dire need to uplift the standards of sports in Punjab that have deteriorated in the last few years due to government apathy. Besides drugs, she also raised the issue of minimum amount of pensions and lack of government help to the sportspersons in Punjab.DRUG ADDDICTION “Drug addiction among youth is the main concern in Punjab today and it is the need of the hour to attract the addicted youth towards sports in order to bring them to the main stream,” she said.Rajbir Kaur (centre) with Punjab AAP leaders. AAP MP and comedian Bhagwant Mann said it is heartbreaking to see that those who hold the tricolor high with their dedication and hard work are ignored by the government to an extent that the coming generation won’t be able to recognise them.FLAWED SPORTS POLICY Taking a jibe at Sukhbir Badal, Bhagwant said,” If Sukhbir claims that Akali government has done a lot for promotion of sports in Punjab then what is the reason that no one from Punjab could win even a single medal at any international level competition in last few years.” He said that with the help of the sportsperson who have joined AAP in the past, a special session of ‘Punjab Dialogue’ will be held with sportspersons to know their problems.advertisementLambasting Sukhbir Badal for denying the fact of drug addiction in Punjab, AAP leader Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi said, “Even in the notification released by Punjab Government for the recruitment of constable, there is a clause that the ‘Dope test’ will be conducted before the recruitment. Is not it enough to know the status of drugs in Punjab?”.Welcoming Rajbir, Sanjay Singh said people who had made an impression in their fields are joining AAP in the hope of changing the system full of fault. He said that Rajbir, with firsthand experience will play a vital role in drafting policies for the sportspersons in the future.ALSO READ:AAP workers create high drama in Punjab over ‘foodgrain scam’, demand probe Punjab: Standoff between two Sikh groups acquires political overtoneslast_img

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