Kirti Desai (name changed) is in a fix these days. The judo player from Ramjas College was informed about the inter-college judo competition only a week ago and though she wants to participate, she is out of practice.
“The inter-college competition usually happen between September and December. I thought they were not taking place this time around, so I did not practice for them,” she said.
Though the university is holding individual inter-college competitions, the move came three months too late and many students don’t know what to do.
“It is great that the competition is finally happening but I don't think I will participate as my examinations and practicals are around the corner. As we have the semester system, I can't take a risk,” said Rohin, a Physics (Hons) student, who is a shooter and studies at St Stephen's College.
While authorities argue that having a competition is better than having none, several teachers said the risk of injury is high in off season.
“In judo, injury is quite common even among students who have been practising for long. For students who have been out of practice, it becomes more dangerous,” said Manisha Chakravarty, associate professor of physical education at Ramjas.
The competitions could not take place on time last year due to the frequent strikes of teachers and also because of the problems within the University Sports Council.
“Many teachers have not cooperated, as they are not on good terms with the members of the council. A proper general body meeting could not take place due to this,” said a Sports Council member, on the condition of anonymity.
Teachers of many colleges have said that their students will not be participating.
“My students will not go as they are out of practice. I do not have a judo team in any case,” said Pramod Shastri, associate professor, physical education, Kirori Mal College.
The chairman of the Sports Council, JM Khurana, meanwhile acknowledged the delay. "I know that there has been a delay but some students are already practicing for the nationals and they can participate. No one will force students to participate but those who want to play should get a chance," said Khurana.