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Deputy CM to review preparations

chandigarh Updated: Dec 10, 2012 17:03 IST
Nidhi Bhanot

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will visit Guru Nanak Stadium on Monday to check the preparations and arrangements for the concluding ceremony of the third Kabaddi World Cup, scheduled to be held on December 15.

After the confirmation of the deputy chief minister's visit at Guru Nanak Stadium, the renovation work at the stadium started at full pace - from installation of sheds at Block B to repairing of floodlights.

Deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari said Badal would take a meeting with the Ludhiana district administration and the police department at Guru Nanak Stadium around 1pm.

Later, he would inspect the preparations being done for the concluding ceremony. Meanwhile, the women's team from Turkmenistan practised at Guru Nanak Stadium on Sunday morning for their first match on December 11 at Mansa with the Malaysian Women Kabaddi team. Coach of Turkmenistan Buhar Akov Oriff, who was admitted to the civil hospital, was also present during the practise session.

Players of the team said, "We are practising hard for the match against Malaysia, which seems to be a strong team."

"India is the toughest team to beat this year, so we will try our best to defeat other countries in order to gain points. India is a beautiful place as it has a lot of places to visit. Dust and unclean roads are the only things that we did not like," added the jubilant players from Turkmenistan.

Medical team at stadium
The state sports department has deployed a medical team at the stadium for the duration of the practice sessions. The move came after a team player of the USA, Triana Alonso, got seriously injured while practising at Guru Nanak Stadium on December 5 and no medical team was present on the spot. The team comprises a pharmacist, two auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs), a TB supervisor, a fourth-class employee and an ambulance driver. However, the doctor of the team - assistant civil surgeon Dr KS Saini - was not present at the stadium.