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League Notes: AHC To Challenge Awarding Of Bharat Ratna To Sachin Tendulkar
Published November 26, 2013
Allahabad High Court on Monday "reserved its decision on a petition challenging the awarding of Bharat Ratna to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar." The plea said that with Bharat Ratna being the country's highest civilian honor, it "must be given after utmost scrutiny." Terming cricket as a "tamasha" (theatrics) which was taking the nation backwards, the court claimed that conferring Sachin with the award is bound to give a message of "inaction and laxity" (PTI, 11/25). ... The Hong Kong Hockey Association is investigating reports that a field hockey player who sparked a pitch invasion at a club match "is the same one suspended in another jurisdiction." Questions have been raised "as to why Hong Kong officials allowed a player banned in another jurisdiction to play for a local club" (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 11/25).