Sports were pure and clean during my father's time: Deepika Padukone

Added by harini on May 29, 2013

The just concluded Indian Premier League has been embroiled with spot-fixing and betting scandals.

Actress Deepika Padukone, daughter of badminton champion Prakash Padukone, says sports was pure and clean during her father's time. She rues how malpractices such as spot-fixing can give any sport a bad name.

The actress said that Vindu Dara Singh's association with the scandal will unfairly bring other people under scrutiny.

“It gives a bad name to the sport. It is unfair just because of a few people following this malpractice, you start doubting everybody else. As a country if you want to shine or if you want to be on the same level economically or otherwise (with others), I think it's important that sports people in our country do really well and this (spot-fixing) is not really helping that," Deepika told reporters at an event.

"It's sad. I have grown up in a generation where I have seen my father (play), and sport at that time was so pure and clean. So, to see it go down this route is very disappointing," she added.

Actor Ranbir Kapoor said that the spot-fixing scandal was very ‘shameful’.

“IPL has become such a great entertaining platform for the world right now and when such things crop up - like people playing dirty, it's unfortunate,” said Ranbir Kapoor.

“There is no justification to it and I hope people who are concerned in this mischief should be punished. It is not fair to the people who are playing the sport with the right intention,” he concluded.

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