Special Correspondent

MYSORE: Mayhem, chaos and confusion marked the opening day of the Dussera Games schedule at the Chamundi Vihar Sports Complex here on Saturday. Sports Authority of Karnataka coaches demanding regularisation of their jobs and wage parity voiced their protest during the inauguration and were bodily carried away under preventive custody.

The programme did not get underway till 5 p.m. With the likes of SAK coach Damodar Gowda — a former international athlete, and a couple of other protestors being dealt with so firmly, there was an air of unease hanging over the venue. There was some consolation for the coaches as the DYSS Commissioner and the Deputy Directors met the Sports Minister and the PA to the chief minister, and discussed tabling the demands of the protestors.

By then, it started raining and only the indoor disciplines and those games not affected by the protests got underway.

Sources declared late in the evening that while wage parity could be addressed with a few performance-based riders, the regularisation of the coaches’ jobs would not be possible due to various factors involved.

In the morning, two times Olympian Pramila Aiyappa led an impressive march-past of the teams followed by the CAR Police band. Sahana Kumari took the oath on behalf of the athletes.

Gulbarga Division won the first medal of this edition of the games for its march-past, retaining the trophy it won last year as well.

Bangalore teams began with a flourish in football — Bangalore Rural outclassed Gulbarga 5-1, but was later humbled 9-0 by Bangalore City.

The results: Football: Bangalore Rural 5 (Dada Nabeel 2, R. Khalandhar 2, Lokman Singh) bt Gulbarga 1 (Shahbaz); Mysore 1 (H.K. Sharath) drew with Belgaum 1 (Nagesh Shirodkar); Bangalore City 9 (B.V. Pradeep 2, Kathik 2, Arun Kumar 2, Sampath, Pradeep Kumar and Kiran Kumar) bt Gulbarga 0.

Table tennis: Men: Bangalore City bt Belgaum 3-0; Mysore bt Gulbarga 3-1; Bangalore Rural bt Belgaum 3-0; Bangalore City bt Rural 3-0. Women: Bangalore Rural bt Belgaum 3-2; Mysore bt Gulbarga 3-0; Bangalore City bt Belgaum 3-0; Mysore bt Rural 3-2.

Tennis: Women: Mysore bt Bangalore Rural 2-0. Men: Mysore leads Bangalore Rural 1-0.

Volleyball: Men: Bangalore City bt Gulbarga 25-16, 25-19.

Basketball: Men: City bt Gulbarga 63-28.

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