“Distressed And Disturbed”, Says 1983 Cricket World Cup Team Over Treatment Met Out To Protesting Wrestlers
Indian Wrestlers protesting at the Jantar Mantar today received the support of the 1983 Cricket World Cup winning Indian team. The Indian team in a statement said that they were “distressed and disturbed” over the “champion wrestlers being manhandled”
Pertinently, on May 28, the Delhi Police had detained the wrestlers for violation of law and order when they marched towards the new Parliament building without permission. The Police also cleared the protest site and made it clear that the wrestlers will not be allowed back at Jantar Mantar. The police action against the wrestlers had invited criticism from different quarters.
In its statement, the world cup winners said, ”We are distressed and disturbed at the unseemly visuals of our champion wrestlers being manhandled. We are also most concerned that they are thinking of dumping their hard earned medals into river Ganga”.
The statement, which was released to PTI by the 1983 World Cup wining team also had a advice for the wrestlers, ”Those medals have involved years of effort, sacrifice, determination, and grit and are not only their own but the nation’s pride and joy. We urge them not to take any hasty decision in this matter and also fervently hope that their grievances are heard and resolved quickly. Let the law of the land prevail’.
Under legendary skipper Kapil Dev, the Indian cricket team had humbled the mighty Clive Llyod led-West Indies to win the country’s first World Cup trophy.