Utter chaos mars build up to the National Games

Like its torrid build-up, the 34th National Games is set for a chaotic start as utter confusion prevailed over organisational aspects of the premier multi-discipline competition that set to start here on February 12.

Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 20:08 PM IST

Ranchi: Like its torrid build-up, the 34th
National Games is set for a chaotic start as utter confusion
prevailed over organisational aspects of the premier
multi-discipline competition that set to start here on
February 12.

Even as the Jharkhand Olympic Association should be given
credit for building a sprawling Mega Sports Complex --
Khelgaon -- in the outskirts of the city, the organisational
aspect of the competition came a cropper.

With accreditation of most of the athletes and media not
ready, players contingents from various states and media had
to go through a harrowing time today.

The private agency given the responsibility of the
accreditation appeared to have lost all the applications as
the procedure of applying in hard copies had to be done again
at last minute.

Such was the mismanagement that the players accreditation
for the hosts Jharkhand was not even ready.

Miffed at the system, an official of the Jharkhand
Kabaddi team while submitting his athletes application said,
"Ours are not ready, forget about the outstation athletes. At
least we should be content that the National Games is
happening finally."

The situation was no different for the 632-member
Karnataka contingent as their state Olympic Association
joint-secretary R Prakash had to shuttle between the
Information Centre in the city and the Mega Sports Complex.

"In the morning I was told to go to the Information
Centre but the officials there had no clue and I had to come
back but the case is no different here," Prakash said.
The case was no different for the media as the JOA
assured that they would hand over the cards soon.

"We will contact you by 10pm," JOA president R K Anand
said.

Asked about the organisational chaos, Anand said, "We had
seven governments after which we were awarded the Games. But
despite that we have managed to build such an infrastructure.
Everything will fall in place soon."

The Games have been postponed several times before. A
total of 33 events will be held in three cities of Ranchi,
Dhanbad and Jamshedpur in the competition to be held from
February 12-26.

PTI