RWITC needs a visionary as Dr Cyrus Poonawalla to bring back glory daysBy muneer mirza | 02-Jun-2017
RWITC needs a visionary as Dr Cyrus Poonawalla to bring back glory days
Pune: The Pune Racing season is just away a month way and it seems as if the season never happened.
I will be a dull season as 2017, where punters are unhappy about their dwindling income, horse owners just went along with the melee, and above all race-goers found little to cheer as title sponsors worked on tight finances.
The Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) too found itself cash strapped with fund drying up and returns in the negative.
With such a state of affair, regular race-goers, independent horse owners and trainers feel that change was needed to bring back the glory days of the RWITC.
While Dr Cyrus Poonawalla laughs off the suggestion that he should take over the RWTIC to give it a new lease of life, mature members do feel that there is no other person than Dr.Cyrus Poonawalla who could revive the club.
Some estimates say that the club has been left with around Rs 40 crore of fund and with around Rs 27 lakh needed per race day in Pune and Rs 30 lakh for Mumbai race day, the Pune season could face serious financial issues if funds do not get any boost.
The present small controlling group led by current RWITC Chairman Vivek Jain almost raised their hands. Rather than working towards improving club’s finances, they have been carrying on vendetta against a leading trainer and his patrons.
One cannot forget that Dr Poonawalla and Khushroo Dhunjibhoy had turned the club into a financially more successful and better-organised body. Unlike Jain, who is not a racing man, but is an ideal marketing guy and good at dealing with sponsors, should use his skills where he has the expertise.
Like all other sports associations who have their international governing body having a big say in the way thing are to be done, the RWITC seems to have no botheration as the international body has so far been only a paper tiger.
This brings to a situation whether the RWITC needs some government appointed panel, just as the Lodha Panel in looking into the affairs of the Indian cricket board, BCCI. Poonawalla knows that if such panel begins dictating terms to the RWITC it would trigger several heads to fall and so he insists that the committee members should unite and resolve the situation by bringing the club back to its hey days.