Ministry seeks report from HI, National C`ships or

New Delhi: The Sports Ministry today sought details of the reportedly poor facilities given to players at
the Senior National Hockey Championships in Bhopal from Hockey
India and the local organisers.

The Ministry`s action comes after reports claimed that
the players were lodged in cramped and unventilated rooms in
the gruelling summer heat.

The Uttar Pradesh team had reportedly been lodged by the
organisers in a poorly ventilated and cramped dormitory with
eight of them having to share a room with a single attached

"We have asked for a detailed report about the facilities
being given to the participating players. We have also asked
the details of the particular case of Uttar Pradesh players
about how they had been allotted a cramped room with very poor
facilities," a sports ministry source said.

The Uttar Pradesh team was also reportedly left stranded
at the railway station for a couple of hours as there was
nobody from the organisers to lead them to their

Hockey India Secretary General Narinder Batra washed his
hands off the incident and said it was the responsibility of
the Madhya Pradesh Sports Department, which is hosting the
tournament, to provide accommodation.

"We are not responsible for providing accommodation to
the participating players. It is the duty of the Madhya
Pradesh Sports Department which is hosting the tournament in
the absence of a recognised state body. HI is providing only
logistical support and coordinating work," he said.

But Batra did admit that the Uttar Pradesh team had
complained about the poor accommodation given to them.

"There were a few hiccups but I can assure you that the
problems will be solved after the tournament starts. There are
first day glitches in all tournaments.

"There were problems even during last year`s World Cup
initially but the tournament went on to become a huge success
later on," he said.

Altogether 32 teams will take part in the Championships
which began at the Tatya Tope Stadium here. The tournament is
being revived after of four years.


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