Facilities go a-begging for less popular games
SPORTS activities in the State saw an improvement in the last couple of months but games like fencing, squash and lawn tennis that require attention from the Sports Department and associations concerned. No competition in these disciplines has been organised in the City despite enough infrastructure and coaches.india Updated: Oct 06, 2006 21:40 IST
SPORTS activities in the State saw an improvement in the last couple of months but games like fencing, squash and lawn tennis that require attention from the Sports Department and associations concerned. No competition in these disciplines has been organised in the City despite enough infrastructure and coaches.
From the last couple of years, a number of camps and events were organised, like cricket talent search, summer camps, tribal players’ development and others. But no fencing competition was organised in the Capital for the last one year, except in the State games. MP Fencing Association secretary K B Agrawal said that lack of equipments and fewer coaches restrained the association from organising competition in the discipline.
“Since fencing is not a very popular sport and a very costly one also, it is always tough to attract children towards the game. At present, only three competitions are organised every year. More competitions will make a difference”, said Agrawal.
Surprisingly, Tatya Tope Stadium has qualified coach like Bhupendra Singh Chauhan and good infrastructure. Amardeep Basediya and Himalaya Vishwakarma of Bhopal have made it to the world championship.
The same is with the squash that also has a good infrastructure but no competition has been organised by the Sports Department except the annual competition by the Bhopal Squash Racquet Association (BSRA).
“It is surprising that despite having good infrastructure and talented players, there is no squash coach at the Tatya Tope Stadium”, said BSRA patron Aruneshwar Singhdeo.
Sikander Mohammed Khan and Abhimanyu Pandey of Bhopal have represented the State in squash in national tournaments. Same is the story with lawn tennis. The Tatya Tope Stadium has fine courts but no competition has been organised in the Capital from the last one-year.
NIS lawn tennis coach Anand Swami said that lawn tennis activities are concentrated in Indore due to the domination of the association based in Indore. “We have been trying to get championships in Bhopal but Indore-based association restrained our efforts”, said Swami.
Director Sports Sanjay Chaudhary also expressed concern over the issue of fewer competitions in these games. “We have plans to organise more competitions in these games. In this process, a national tourney of lawn tennis is to be organised later this year”, said Chaudhary.
First Published: Oct 06, 2006 21:40 IST