The 15-year-old synthetic track at Guru Nanak Stadium, where over 200 athletes practice daily, needs an urgent repair as bubbles appeared on the track cause hindrance to the athletes.
A track for sprinters and the other for triple as well as long jumpers have worn out. Along this, the aluminum railing (inner border) is also broken.
One of the international-level triple jumpers Arpinder Singh, who is presently practicing for olympics qualifiers at the Guru Nanak Stadium, said it was a serious issue as bubbling on the track could cause severe injuries to players which in turn could end one’s career. “I have been practicing on this track for more than five years now and we have to compromise with the conditions,”he expressed. He also added that two of his friends have got minor injuries when their foot stuck into the bubble while running on this depreciated track.
Sanjeev Sharma, athletics coach, conveyed that running on unbalanced track could deform the feet of the beginners. Even who are the professional could get major leg injuries, their ankle could twist or they could face shin split.
Earlier in 2011, the proposal for the replacement of the synthetic was sent by the former district sports officer (DSO) Pargat Singh. At that time the replacement estimation cost was between `75 and 80 lakh. But the project was not started as Pargat Singh resigned from the post of DSO later.
Sources said that the project could cost Rs 1 crore now, the base was fine, only required is the replacement of the upper layer.
Harbans Singh, in-charge, city office of Sports Authority of India also stated that he would meet director sports, Punjab most probably in the first week of July regarding the development of sports in Punjab. “During the meet I will also raise the issue of replacement of track,”he said.
DSO Satpal Singh said that he had got the estimation for the aluminum railing. It would cost Rs 65,000. It will be forwarded to the Sports Authority of Punjab. “I will also meet them personally regarding the repair work of synthetic track,”he mentioned.