Two players of the Jharkhand netball team have been banned for the rest of the National Games after they injured five Andhra Pradesh players during a match between the two teams at the Indian School of Mines ground on Tuesday.
The incident took place in the second quarter of the match, when the home team players became violent, charging Ashok Kumar and Shivarama Krishna from Andhra with sledging and thrashing them with whatever they could lay their hands on. The situation became so serious that security personnel and district administration officials had to intervene. At the time the incident happened, the visitors were leading 15-13. Ashok Kumar suffered a joint dislocation after being hit by a teapot, while Krishna sustained a fracture in his left arm. The other three Andhra players sustained minor injuries.
All the injured were rushed to the Central Hospital, where the seriously injured were admitted, while the others were discharged after first-aid.
The match will be re-played on February 23. Jharkhand has decided to boycott the event.
Sprint king gets drunk, goes nuts
Sprint champion at the National Games, Sameer Mon, created a ruckus in the Khel Gaon, when he picked up a fight in an inebriated state with a fellow athlete.
The Services sprinter got involved in a heated exchange during the cultural programme in the evening, but it snowballed into a violent clash at dinnertime.
Mon, accompanied by fellow Services athletes, attacked a Jharkhand athlete and finally the police had to be called to restoresanity.