Nearly 200 boys waited inside the Ambedkar Stadium on Friday afternoon as they could not practice and give their trials for the under-16 football team to be selected for Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy to be played in Uttrakhand later this month.
Reason: a tiff between the MC and Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) owing to non-payment of rent, which the latter claimed was not applicable now.
The youngsters were not able to practice as water was released in the playing area by MCD employees, making the turf unsuitable for practice.
Talking to HT, DSA secretary, NK Bhatia said, "The kids were not allowed to practice and give their trials as the MCD claims we owe them around Rs 5 lakh in rent, which according to us should not be applicable."
Bhatia explained that in September last, MCD increased the rent of various venues owned by them from Rs 500 to Rs 5000 per day. The body also included the Ambedkar Stadium in it. The, DSA, opposed the move saying that all the other venues were used for marriages and other social events while the stadium was for playing football. In December, the DSA passed a resolution, which said they won't pay the increased rent.