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IAS officer wanted to walk his dog and a Delhi stadium was vacated. Twitter is furious

The officer in question is Delhi's Principal Secretary (Revenue) Sanjeev Khirwar. As social media users expressed anger over the special treatment accorded to him, the Delhi government stepped in and announced that all stadiums controlled by it will stay open for athletes till 10 pm.

May 27, 2022 / 01:15 PM IST
Twitter users called out the officer, Delhi’s Principal Revenue Secretary Sanjeev Khirwar, for his entitlement. (Representational image)

Twitter users called out the officer, Delhi’s Principal Revenue Secretary Sanjeev Khirwar, for his entitlement. (Representational image)

Athletes training at Delhi’s Thyagraj Stadium are being asked to empty the arena early so an IAS officer can walk his dog there, The Indian Express has reported.

The officer, Delhi’s Principal Secretary (Revenue) Sanjeev Khirwar, has denied disrupting practice at the stadium.

Meanwhile, stadium administrator Ajit Chaudhary said the facility’s closing time was 6 pm but in the heat, a one-hour extension was given to athletes.

But one coach disputed his claim. “We used to train till 8-8.30 pm under lights earlier. But now, we are asked to leave the ground by 7 pm so that the officer can walk his dog on the ground. Our training and practice routine has been disrupted,” they told The Indian Express.

As the report gained attention on social media, furious users called out the officer for treating the facility meant for national and state-level players as a "dog-walking park". The stadium was built for the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

“The sense of entitlement of a class that clears ONE exam and thinks it gives them the right to lord over the whole country. Shameful,” journalist Nistula Hebbar tweeted.

“It’s not a dog’s life if you are the dog of an IAS officer,” a Twitter user named Harsh said in response to her tweet.

Another user wrote: “So Thyagraj Stadium is now dog walking park for Delhi's Principal secretary. How come pets are allowed in the stadium? Why are players interrupted in their practice? What kind of entitlement is this?”

Some demanded an inquiry against the official. “How can he stop athletes from using the Thyagraj stadium?” asked a Twitter user named Lokesh Sharma.


Athletes say they have been compelled to shift to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which is 3 km away from Thyagraj.

As outrage over the incident mounted, the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced that all stadiums controlled by the Aam Aadmi Party government will stay open till 10 pm.


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first published: May 26, 2022 11:03 am
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