YBK still not ready for Messi match

Kolkata: With exactly two weeks left
for the International friendly between Argentina and
Venezuela, the Yuba Bharati Krirangan is running against time
to ready itself for the marquee match featuring Lionel Messi
and Co. on September 2.

Celebrity Management Group (CMG), the organisers of
the match, maintain that the stadium will be ready by August
25, three days ahead of the arrival of the teams.

With a three-member team here to give the go ahead, the
ground reality, however, appears otherwise. With construction
continuing on the approach road to the stadium piles of
debris, tinsheds and bamboo are yet to be cleared.

On the field, work is on to replace the goalposts, while
the artificial turf is yet to be smoothened and the scoreboard
replaced as promised earlier.

The 100-seat media box, 44-seat VVIP box are yet to be
spruced up, though the tv broadcasting centre is nearing

Work by the PWD is continuing on the 28 toilets for

West Bengal Sports minister Madan Mitra had promised
to give a total facelift to the stadium, but is non-committal
at the moment.

"We are not the organisers of the match. We are helping
out in renovating the stadium. Sixty per cent of the work is
finished and I am sure the remaining will be finished in
time," Mitra told PTI.

Mitra said that the monsoon rains delayed the work.
"Everything is going on smoothly and the progress is
very good. I am sure they will be satified with the
inspection," Director CMG Bhaswar Goswami said.

The inspection team visited the Mohun Bagan ground
which will be the practice venue for Lionel Messi and Co.


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