Amir Khan’s comments about Asian athletes eating curry ‘triggered’ former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq

    Amir Khan said eating curry was 'not the right diet to be a champion'
    Amir Khan said eating curry was 'not the right diet to be a champion'

    The former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq has said he was “triggered” by comments about Asian athletes made by the boxer Amir Khan this week.

    The former welterweight champion said on Monday that Asian athletes use racism as an excuse when they do not perform well and that eating curry was “not the right diet to be a champion”.

    Azeem Rafiq, who was found to have been a victim of “racial harassment and bullying” at Yorkshire Country Cricket Club, told Sky News: “Khan’s comments reinforce lazy stereotypes about Asian athletes when there’s clear data out there to disprove that.”

    The cricketer’s allegations of institutional racism at Yorkshire led to government intervention, several resignations on the county’s board and a ban on the club hosting Tests.

    “It is particularly sad because it comes from someone who inspired entire communities to take up sport,” Rafiq, 31, said.
    “And to be honest, it triggered me. I suffer daily, and I find life incredibly difficult as someone who has endured abuse. And according to Amir Khan I’m just making an excuse.”