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    Formula One is not a sport, says ministry

    New Delhi: It’s a letter which is likely to create a huge debate in sports circles and rattle the motorsports fraternity. According to sources, the ministry of sports in January 2009 wrote to JPSK Sports, the promoters of Formula One in the country, that their request for getting approval for remittance of $36.5 million (about Rs 177 crore) to be paid to Formula One Administration (UK) for holding an F1 race in India had been rejected on the grounds that “it (the race) would have no impact on the development of sports in the country”.

    JPSK had first gone to the Reserve Bank of India, which asked them to get the ministry’s approval.

    The basic premise of the ministry is that F1 is not needed in India and the money can be spent on development of disciplines which have a wider base in the country, ministry sources said.

    “F1 is not purely sports. It is entertainment and this venture by JKSP is a commercial initiative,” said a ministry source. In fact, the letter states that F1 will not have an impact on Indian sports “in terms of either participation, broadbasing or promotion of excellence”.

    The proposed F1 race does not satisfy conditions which focus on human endeavour for excelling in competition with others, keeping in view the whole sports movement from Olympics downwards,” said the source.

    Sameer Gaur, MD, JPSK confirmed to TOI that their request had been rejected by the sports ministry. We’re committed to F1 race in India: Gaur
    New Delhi: Sameer Gaur, MD, JPSK Sports told TOI on Monday that his company had indeed gone to the ministry of sports for getting approval for F1 race in India.

    “Yes, we went to the ministry seeking government concessions. If need be, we will go again. We are 200 per cent committed to the F1 race in India. We are building a motor car racing track capable of holding an F1 race. It could be used for other purposes too, like a motorbike race. We have an obligation to the UP govt,” Gaur told TOI.

    He said that the delay in the race, which was to be held in India in 2010, happened because of the time taken in land acquisition. “We got the land three-four months ago and we are getting ready for 2011. In fact, sports ministry is not the nodal agency for the F1 race. But as I said, if need be we will go to Dr M S Gill with a request again. F1 race will have a lot of spin-offs as far as the tourism industry is concerned. It’s good for the country,” Gaur said. JPSK Sports had signed a contract with Formula One Administration in November 2007 after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) pulled out of the venture.

    Source: TOI , New delhi
    What a shocker !!! Somehow in India we always rubbish down the obvious and give "other developments" as the reason. Oh yeah, putting up statues for thousands of crores of rupees does contribute to the development. The scandals, blackmoney and dunno what else does contribute to the development of the country. Bravo. Why should we promote a sport of International Status? We can spend that money on hockey and football like we have been doing always. Right?

    When will the politicians stop giving up such stupid excuses to satisfy their means (or avenge their dissatisfaction for probably not being bribed) .
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    The Government has a point in saying that it will impact the development of other sports, but what the hell are they actually doing for the OTHER SPORTS!
    I know what they are doing: sending the national hockey team in trucks, not having proper receptions for sportsmen who achieve accolades for the country at international events, etc..

    Formula 1 is definitely an expensive affair, but it is largely revenue earning as well.. There is so much revenue generated from tourism & hospitality, that not many other sports can generate (in India)..
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    Oh yeah, F1 is not a sport!!! And so the millions watching it all over the world and the people promoting it like Bernie Ecclestone or our own Vijay Mallya are "Morons". And all that R&D that goes into the development of an F1 car and the respective technologies filtering down to the road cars is all rubbish!!!

    These fockers need to learn how much it can promote tourism by looking at Shanghai, Abu-Dhabi, Turkey or Malaysia!
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    F1 is not a sport , Just because of these kind of politicians we are still lacking from the international standards in every field , automobile sector is growing rapidly in India . People are mulling over cars & bikes in India ,even recession has failed to stop people from buying pricey cars & bikes in our country and overall motorsport sector is still what our gen x wants to be improved a lot. These people are saying it'll not prove to be a development factor

    Really sad news but lets hope for the best
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    ministers travel by their ambi's........ it cannot even touch 160kmph......... how can they accept anything which goes much faster......... so they are saying all this bull$h!t.......
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    What !! F1 is not a sport

    Oh i forgot Kabaddi and Kho Kho Comes under the sports category.

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    I can see the general mood of the people generated by this excellent piece of news. Where did you find this Leon? Good one nonetheless.

    It is true that F1 will not contribute to other sports. But then in the same vein swimming does not contribute to tennis. Hence swimming should not be considered a sport to promote tennis or vice versa.

    This is called short sightedness of a government totally lacking in any kind of vision. F1 is by far the most watched televised programme in the world! Imagine the spin offs from hosting such an event!

    India is hosting the Commonwealth Games. Which is going to be a HUGE fiasco due to lack of preparation. It is also going to be a financial fiasco since it is NOT a revenue earner. But F1 generates more revenue than most other sports. But this is Babudom land. Who is gonna teach them what!
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    This news is on the first page of TOI, New Delhi. When I saw it I was expecting it to be already posted here.
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    @ Ken : +1

    Came across this news on TOI online this morning. Has the ministry not heard of the word 'entertainment'? Or maybe they lack a gland that generates adrenaline. Or maybe, just maybe, the buck stops at cricket! Funny then, that Singapore and Abu Dhabi chose to have a circuit built, and millions spent, on a Non-sporting sport - especially when neither of them have any representation (so to say) in Formula 1.
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