Tepid response to district-level women's games

  • Ketan Gupta, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Oct 22, 2014 00:20 IST

It was a dismal show at the two-day district level women's games (under-25) organised in Bathinda as only a few teams turned up for participation.

Organised under the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Abhiyan, the tournament did not see the expected outcome due to lack of coordination on the part of the sports department.
The tournament where only six teams turned up for basketball, out of more than 300 institutions, had other shocking statistics too. Only 80 people participated in athletics while kabaddi saw only eight teams.

Sukhdev Singh Bhullar, district sports officer (DSO) said, "Unlike last year, this time participation is low because of lack of coordination in the sports department. They started the state and district-level tournaments simultaneously and that too in between the festive season when everyone wants to stay at home and enjoy."

With only 10 teams for handball games and eight each for hockey and kho-kho, attendance was dismal at the event.

"We had given advertisements in newspapers to invite teams. All the 1,000 schools of Bathinda can be accommodated and we can plan a schedule for their games," the DSO added.
The players, who were distributed in various stadiums as per their games, will be selected for the state-level women's championship.

"Even during the festive season when no one wants to work, we have tried our best to get as many players as we can. However, it is up to the schools that send the students," said Narinder Singh, a sports official.

Mockery of Games

In the 400-meter hurdle race, no one was a loser as there were only three participants. Moreover, it seemed like a practice match where there were no spectators to motivate the players.

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