The sports department of Madhya Pradesh has dropped name of Ace Tennis player Sania Mirza, as the player demanded for Make-Up kit and Charter Jet. The department has proposed Sania from annual sports award ceremony held on 28th November as a chief guest.
Sports Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia wanted Sania Mirza to be part of the ceremony as a chief guest. This was the major reason behind inviting her reported TOI. Yashodaraje in his conversation with TOI said “I was in touch with her for past few months. I was shocked when I received a list of demands from her.”
Adding to the conversation she said “I respect her talent and she has undoubtedly made India proud at international platform but her demands were unacceptable. She wanted MP government to arrange Rs 75,000 worth make-up kit and a chartered jet with five business class tickets.”
However Yashodharaje also mentioned that the reply was in words of Sania’s manager,”When I asked her manager that Sania is not a Bollywood star and she was invited to motivate budding players, her reply was that even Sania is a big star today.”
The sports minister did claimed that she received a list of demands just four days before the function. “Everything was set as I was given the date of November 28 by her. I had even directed department officials to make necessary arrangements to organize the event. However, her demands forced me to drop her name and I said no to her,” she claimed.
The department as a part of replacement considered Senior Badminton Player and technical Advisor of MP Sports academy Pullela Gopichand as a Chief Guest.
Praising Gopichand, she said, “I am happy to invite Gopichand. He accepted my request just on a call. His presence has made all of us proud.”