Separate politics from sports: Omar AbdullahMarch 3rd, 2009 - 11:08 pm ICT by IANS
Jammu, March 3 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday called for separating sports from politics and asked Pakistan to see reason and “correct the damage caused to it by the forces it had promoted and protected at one point in time”.
“Sports and politics have to be separated and I do not think any cause should allow sportspersons to be targeted,” Abdullah said, talking to media persons here, about the Lahore incident in which the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked.
He described the incident as unfortunate and said that it was perhaps for the first time since the 1972 Munich Olympics that sportspersons were attacked.
“It is unfortunate for the entire sub-continent,” the Chief Minister said, adding that the only positive thing about it was that the Sri Lankan team was safe. “We should thank God for that,” he said.