Andhra Pradesh

Championship: athletes complain of lack of basic amenities


Principal Secretary takes SAAP officials to task; warns of action

Principal Secretary of Youth Advancement, Tourism and Culture department, K. Praveen Kumar, reprimanded the officials of the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) for failing to provide basic amenities to the athletes participating at the National Junior Athletic Championship being held in the Acharya Nagarjuna University campus near here.

On his visit to the university campus, where the championships are being held, the Principal Secretary took stock of the situation. He inquired about the condition of the athletes who complained over the lack of adequate basic necessities such as drinking water, food and medical care.

Mr. Kumar gave strict orders to the officials of the of the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh and the Athletics Federation of India to ensure that athletes had access to all the basic needs. He warned that severe action would be taken against the officials if they failed to meet their needs.

Many athletes, who were provided accommodation in the hostel, expressed their disapproval over the quality of rooms and the resources provided to them throughout their stay.

“The rooms are dirty and mattresses have not been provided to us. Besides, there is no access to drinking water in the hostel. We are forced to buy water bottles,” said Sandip Goswami, a javelin thrower Haryana.

Some also complained that medical care was not available at the grounds to assist the athletes in the event of an injury.

“My brother tore his ligament while throwing the discus and the only medical assistance we got was a place to lie down under a makeshift tent. We need the authorities to set up a proper medical facility to help the athletes who have been injured,” Ramnath Kumar Singh, a discus thrower from Deoghar, Jharkhand, said.

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