New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key on Monday condemned the decision taken by International Cricket Council to ban the entry of Kirpans in the stadium, on monday.

Seven Sikh fans carrying Kripan were prohibited from entering the stadium during the match between India and Zimbabwe, at the Eden Park on Saturday, with the ICC recognising the Kirpan as a weapon instead of a religious symbol borne by the Sikhs.

New Zealand prime minister expressed disappointment over this decision calling Kripan an innocuous instrument and that other things available in the stadium like wine bottles were far more menacing.

However he also added that it was the ICC’s tournament and they had no option but to abide by the rules.

Daljit Singh, chairman of the Sikh Supreme Council expressed his displeasure over this decision, mentioning that they were a diminutive community of 500 who had already bought tickets to the world cup semifinal matches, but were apprehensive that they would not be allowed to enter, feeling that the New Zealand government had imposed no restrictions on them and the ICC should also follow the la of the land.

Key also said he wanted the government to look at making an exemption in aviation rules for the kirpan.

 

 

  • SHARE

    A cricket addict

    Related Posts

    With Roles Reversed, How Will Rohit-Dhoni Dynamics Work Out?

    The previous time Kohli and Dhoni were rested, Ajinkya Rahane was assigned the captaincy for the 2015 Zimbabwe tour. Now with Rahane no longer...

    Team spirit is new coach Stoeger’s biggest challenge at Dortmund

    Berlin, Dec 12: New Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoeger won't be the man having to invent a brand new tactical system, but to teach...

    Maradona skips football match, spends time with kids

    Barasat (West Bengal) Dec 12: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, who was supposed to play a 'Match for Unity on Tuesday against former India cricket...

    Putin allows athletes to compete at Winter Olympics as neutrals

    Moscow, Dec 12: President Vladimir Putin has backed the decision made by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to clear national athletes for participation in the...

    For any cricketer, playing for India is the ultimate dream says this Indian cricketer

    Mohali, Dec 12: Despite failing the Yo-Yo test, a requisite to make it to the national squad, teenaged all-rounder Washington Sundar on Tuesday justified his...