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Delhi blasts fail to break spirit of footballers

sports Updated: Sep 17, 2008 23:56 IST
Anupma Tripathi

The Delhi serial blasts may have shaken the Capital but sporting activities went on unabated, thus cocking a snook at the perpetrators of terror.

Underway at the Ambedkar Stadium, though with beefed-up security, players participating in the Subroto Cup were firm in their resolve of ensuring the tournament stayed on the rails.

Mizoram goalkeeper Laltanpuia replied in the negative when asked if the blasts had affected his team. "We had a match on Saturday but by the time the blasts took place, our game was over.

“We have not allowed the incident to affect our morale," he said.

Coach Ganesh Dahal nodded in agreement. "When I got a call from home inquiring about my well being, did I realise what had happened. The boys were concerned initially but after assurances from the officials, they


Remembering the fateful evening, Bengal defender Basanth, who was flooded with calls from home, said, "My family kept inquiring if I was safe. I was scared until an Air Force official explained everything in detail and asked us not to panic. After the assurance, I have not looked back."

Wing Commander Arijit Ghosh, secretary-general of the Subroto Cup Society, said, "There has been no change in the schedule.

The under-14 matches are taking place as usual. We had requested the Delhi Police to beef up security in the stadium and they acceded to our request.

“We have our own apparatus in place too with plain clothes personnel and dog squads maintaining strict vigil." The never-say-die spirit of the sportsmen is truly commendable in these trying times.