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Hospitality not up to the mark...

other Updated: Mar 11, 2010 23:28 IST
Moonmoon Ghosh
Moonmoon Ghosh
Hindustan Times
Yamuna Sports Complex

The Yamuna Sports Complex, site of the invitational archery event, presents a dusty picture, not to mention the problems being faced by the officials.

Access for visitors has turned out to be a headache as impolite police officers at the gates make entry a harrowing experience. The list of substances banned inside is long, including everything from water bottles to envelopes to pens, pencils and notebooks. Officials manning the gates go as far as to empty the contents of wallets and checking currency notes and credit cards.

For the Commonwealth Games, the complex will host table tennis and archery (preliminaries) as the main events besides being the training venue for swimming, lawn bowls and rhythmic gymnastics.

Once inside, the magnitude of work left incomplete stands out like a sore thumb.

The lawn bowls ground is dug up and patchy, and most of the work has yet to be done. Most rooms in the complex are half-finished. Even the five washrooms inside are not fully functional.

The venue has been the biggest headache for the Archery Association of India (AAI). VK Malhotra, the AAI president, said, "We are asking the Delhi Developmental Authority to hurry up the construction. We hope it will be ready for training at least three months before the Games."

National coach, Limba Ram, though, does not sound optimistic.

“We're hoping the venue is given to us at least a month before the Games so that the archers can get used to the conditions and use it to their advantage,” said Limba Ram.

It was a successful day for the Indians as both teams clinched gold in the recurve category.

The men's team (Tarudeep Rai, Kapil and Mangal Singh Champia) beat Malaysia for gold, while England won bronze. Indian women (Dola Banerjee, Rimil Buruily and Bombayala Laishram) also beat Malaysia to clinch gold, while Singapore won bronze.

England's men's team beat Malaysia to clinch gold in the compound category (with India winning bronze).

England's women's team beat India to bag gold, while Malaysia won bronze.