Chandigarh: The All-India inter-university men’s and women’s baseball tournament, which was to be hosted by Panjab University (PU), has also become a casualty of the Jat protests going on in Haryana. With the entire state in the grip of violent protests, many teams which were supposed to arrive from across the country for the event are stuck in Delhi with no mode of transport. The tournament is slated to be held from February 21 to 26.
Only two matches were played on the opening day, with Solapur University defeating RTM University, Nagpur 14-2 in the men’s section. In the women’s section, Solapur University drubbed RTM University, Nagpur 14-1.
Confirming the development, PU director sports Parminder Singh said that he had received many calls throughout the day and had suggested alternative routes to the teams.
“I have received numerous calls from teams stuck in Delhi and have asked the teams to come via Meerut-Saharanpur road which is still open. Although the tournament has started, we have not penalised any team today. We know the situation and thus did not give any team a walkover today. We will wait for them till tomorrow afternoon and then decide on the next course of action,” he said.
Singh said although many teams have reported for the tournament, more are still en route and can reach the city by Monday evening “and we will accommodate them”.
“We only conducted matches today for the team which had arrived. The team from Lucknow University managed to arrive today afternoon and similarly many are en route,” he added.
Singh further said that PU also had sent there three teams via Saharanpur-Meerut road and by evening the teams had managed to cross over to Uttar Pradesh without any trouble.
“We have also opted for this alternative route. We had kho-kho team which is slated to play in Noida, while hockey team is slated to play in Delhi. The women’s handball team has also reached Varanasi. I received a call from the team manager in the evening and all the teams have crossed over to UP without any hitch and are on their way to Delhi,” he said.