New Delhi, November 4
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has lodged an FIR with Uttar Pradesh police after receiving complaints regarding an advertisement asking Khelo India aspirants to deposit money to appear for trials. The advertisement was posted on various social media platforms, inviting aspirants for trials in order to qualify for the Khelo India Games, scheduled to be held in Panchkula. When aspirants began calling up Khelo India office in Delhi to inquire about the trial dates, the officials were alarmed. Sanjay Saraswat, regional director of SAI’s Lucknow Centre, lodged a police complaint with UP police.
Some aspirants shared WhatsApp messages and voice recordings of conversations with one of the alleged fraudsters, ‘Ravi Kumar’, who sent them details of an account in which to deposit money.
“In the advertisement athletes have been asked to deposit Rs 6,000 for enrolling in the Khelo India camp and have been assured that they can participate in Khelo India Games after trials,” SAI said in a statement, adding: “Khelo India is a government scheme and athletes do not need to pay any money to participate in it. No trials are conducted by SAI/Khelo India. Athletes qualify for participating in Khelo India Games based on their performances in School Games/University Games organised by SGFI/AIU.” — TNS