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Unfair play: Sports losing ground in DU rugby centre

delhi Updated: Sep 25, 2012 01:29 IST
Mallica Joshi

Many were irked by Delhi University vice chancellor's meeting with students and parents at the University Stadium, but none more than the physical education teachers.

"The Delhi University Sports Council (DUSC) is functioning out of two rooms in a dingy corner of north campus and the VC is holding meetings with students and teachers in the facility that was meant exclusively for sports," said a teacher of a prominent North Campus college.

"Not only that, the stadium houses the Cluster Innovation Centre which has nothing to do with sports. The department of physical education should have been the first one to move in. There are so many people conducting research in the field of sports. The facilities in the stadium would have been very helpful to them," he added. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2012/9/25-09-pg5a.jpg

The University Stadium was rebuilt for the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and rugby matches were held there.

The stadium was also the practice venue for boxing, netball and women's wrestling.

The grass for the rugby stadium was brought in from Australia.

Currently, the gym in the stadium is in use. This too, however, is accessible only to post-graduate students. The DUSC has hired coaches for yoga and judo, but there is no facility for judo training so far.

According to DUSC chairperson CS Dubey, some badminton, table tennis and chess tournaments also take place at the indoor stadium.

"Last year, we held a football tournament on the rugby field. We plan to do the same this year as well. We have also ordered mats for judo coaching and are planning to reopen the Polo Grounds at Vijay Nagar very soon," he said.

But teachers are skeptical.

"When sporting facilities were revamped in colleges, the principals were made to sign a deed saying the facility will not be used for anything but sports," said another teacher on condition of anonymity.

"The university has imposed a rule for the colleges, but there's no rule for themselves. Why can't under-graduate students make use of the facilities in the stadium?," the teacher added.