New Delhi: Four Indian-origin wrestlers
including Sandeep Kumar are part of Australian national squad,
Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs M S Gill informed Rajya
Sabha on Thursday.
Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, Gill
said Kumar obtained Australian citizenship and represented
that country in the Beijing Olympics.
Besides Kumar, three wrestlers, including another
sportsman with the same name as Sandeep Kumar, are in the
Australian squad and may participate in the Delhi Commonwealth
Games in October.
"Lot of people from various parts of India are migrating
for economic reasons to Australia," he said and denied that
any Indian wrestler who won Gold medal for the country in
Moscow wrestling event in 2000 had migrated to Australia.
"The Wrestling Federation of India had not sent any team
to Moscow for wrestling even during the year 2000," he said.
Not just wrestlers but other sportsmen too were migrating
to other countries for economic reasons, he said pointing to
Jeetan Patel being part of New Zealand cricket team.