PT Usha says, hosting F1 racing is a waste of money
Almost all the leading sportspersons of the country have given a thumbs up to Formula One coming to India but former sprint queen P T Usha says hosting the Indian Grand Prix is nothing but a waste of money.
New Delhi: Almost all the leading sportspersons of the country have given a thumbs up to Formula One coming to India but former sprint queen P T Usha says hosting the Indian Grand Prix is nothing but a waste of money.
"I feel very bad because such hi-fi business has nothing to do with 99% of Indians. It is a criminal waste (of money). First, Twenty20 cricket spoiled the spirit of Indian sports, and now here comes another avatar which will mostly attract corporate money, who (Corporate) rarely spend for sports
promotion. Only God can save the Indian sports," Usha told PTI.
The legendary athlete, who missed a 400m hurdles bronze medal by a whisker in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, does not even consider motor racing a sport.
"Till this date I have never and I don't want to follow any motor business, which I do not want to call as sport," said Usha who now runs an athletics academy in her home state of Kerala.
Meanwhile, top shooter Gagan Narang is happy with F1 coming into India but said if only rich and affluent can see it then it is disappointing.
"Let's face it that the sport is not for everyone. Only people with money will have the access. It has to be marketed well. I have heard from Indian friends abroad that turning up for Indian GP is more expensive than Singapore GP. That beats the purpose," Narang said.
"But this is the first season so let's see. I am certain the organisers will pull it off well," Narang added. Organisers Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) have spent
about Rs 2000 crore to build the state-of-the-art Buddh International Circuit and to get the F1 licence to host the race.
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