In stark contrast to what the state government had promised during the launch of Punjab Institute of Sports, Patiala, the facility is far from being a state-of-the-art training ground for young sportspersons.
The facility, which houses 40 players, does not even have proper boarding facilities.
The players have been allotted two rooms in Raja Bhalendra Singh Sports Stadium, Polo Ground, in which all the players have to stay.
During the launch of the facility in May 2015, the Punjab government had promised to provide special treatment to the players selected by the institute and give them quality training.
However, when the HT team visited the rooms, it was found that as many as 20 players were sharing one room.
Around 15-20 beds were placed in a single room with one bathroom. Moreover there was only one table and four chairs available in the room where wet clothes were lying.
The general lack of upkeep at the centre reflected the apathy of the government. Moreover, the principal of Dhudial Khalsa Senior Secondary School, where they have been enrolled, said that none of the players attended the school regularly. Even though, they were invincible in their game, they are not able keep up the same momentum in studies.
Deputy director of the state sports department, Rupinder Singh Ravi, said that special attention was being given to the players of PIS to facilitate their sports as well as studies. He added that authorities have approved plans for construction. Ravi said that besides this, the department had advertised the vacancies of supervisors, coordinators and several others so that the players can be groomed in all aspects.