In a rather disturbing turn of events, Karnataka’s revenue minister RV Deshpande humiliated athletes by hurling sports kits towards them from the stage in an event meant to honor them.
Mr. Deshpande was the chief guest of the event and was meant to inaugurate an indoor stadium and honor the national, state, and district level sportsperson. Usual protocol requires the athlete climbing the stage and taking the sports kits from the minister. However, the politician seemed extremely busy and took a shortcut by throwing it towards them from above the stage.
Here is the pertaining tweet exposing it:
#WATCH Karnataka Revenue Minister RV Deshpande throws sports kits from a stage at national, state and district level athletes, in Karwar's Haliyala. (31.10.18) pic.twitter.com/m82LYSh9wL
— ANI (@ANI) November 1, 2018
The Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs and Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was furious with it and lashed on the concerned minister for distributing the sports kits in such peculiar manner.
Absolutely unacceptable behavior! Mr Deshpande, please do not undermine the dignity of those athletes or your position. https://t.co/mYAdP2Zfv5
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) November 1, 2018
Athletes work day in and day out to improve their performance and bring glory. Treating them so unjustly shows that the politician doesn’t care about it.