Sharad Pawar, MVA leaders use Pune stadium race track to park vehicles, spark row

The race track at the Shri Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi in Pune was reportedly damaged after multiple vehicles parked of VIPs, including NCP supreme Sharad Pawar, was parked there on Sunday.

On the other side Pawar, state Sports Minister Sunil Kedar, Minister of State Aditi Tatkare and other senior officials of the Sports and Youth Affairs department had attended the meeting which was held on Sunday to discuss the progress of the under-construction International Sports University. The bulk of cars were lined by the senior ministers and the officials were parked on the race track inside the stadium.

Calling it as an “insult to athletes,” BJP officials said that  vehicles have damaged the race track and the Maha Vikas Aghadi  leaders should apologize for the same.

When the officials of The Indian Express contacted Sports Minister Sunil Kedar, said the matter was an “oversight” on their part. “Because of the age, Pawar saheb now has difficulty in climbing the stairs. Therefore, his car was allowed inside. However, the fact that many cars came in and were parked on the track was because of an oversight on our part.”

Kedar also added that the track was already strained and the department has started the process of relaying it. “We will sanction funds necessary at the earliest and lay another international-level track.”

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