Hardik Pandya loses Khar Gymkhana honorary membership for Koffee with Karan controversy

first_imgKhar Gymkhana, a reputed sports club in Mumbai has revoked the honorary three year membership offered to Hardik Pandya following his sexist comments on Koffee with Karan and subsequent BCCI suspension.”Our 4000 member strong social media handle has received a lot of outcry against Hardik Pandya and his comments. They, particularly the women members wanted the club to take some action and be pro active. So in our managing committee meeting, we decided to revoke the three year membership we had given him last October,” Gaurav Kapadia, Khar Gymkhana Gen Secretary told India Today.Khar Gymkhana has awarded honarary club membership to reputed sportsmen from Sachin Tendulkar, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal amongst others in the past.Pandya had earlier lost his endorsement deal with Gillette after the Koffee with Karan controversy.The all rounder currently commands seven sponsorship contracts and was considered the pin up boy of Indian cricket’s youth brigade until the controversy struck.Pandya, along with KL Rahul, had on Monday tendered unconditional apologies to the seven-day show cause notice issued to them by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BBCI).Pandya and Rahul have been asked by BCCI to return from the tour of Australia and with just five months before the 2019 World Cup, their future remains uncertain.Pandya and Rahul had appeared on the celebrity chat show Koffee with Karan where the duo made misogynistic comments and drew the ire of the entire nation.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya boasted.advertisementThe 25-year-old also said things like, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move,” when Karan Johar asked him why he doesn’t ask women for their names in nightclubs.Rahul then went on to reveal how they both decide on who gets to date a girl when Karan Johar asked them what happens when both of them like a particular person? “Upto the woman,” Rahul replied.But Pandya interrupted and said, “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao. It is on talent.”The Committee of Administrators (CoA) Chairman Vinod Rai has now referred the matter to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, who will investigate the case further. Johri is supposed to submit his findings in no more than 15 days.The much maligned duo’s fate hangs in the balance as the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (COA) continue to spar over the composition of the inquiry committee. COA member Diana Edulji wants CEO Rahul Johri out of picture, arguing it would be ‘bad optics’ for Bthe CCI due to the sexual harassment case around him.COA Chairman Vinod Rai wants to administer through the CEO as per the new constitution. “The COA is duty bound to follow the new constitution and what you are suggesting is neither in consonance with the constitution nor is it as per the legal advice received.(Edited by Ritayan Basu)Also Read | Hardik, Rahul suspended for Koffee with Karan controversy: What lies ahead for the two?Also Read | Hardik Pandya loses Gillette endorsement deal after Koffee with Karan controversyAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul tender unconditional apology to BCCI’s show cause noticelast_img read more