KSFA blames BDFA; says it will improve medical facilities

Karnataka State Football Association President A R Khaleel slammed the Bangalore District Football Association on Wednesday for not following the rules and said an enquiry will be conducted soon to ascertain the death of Venkatesh Dhanraj.

“I condole the death of Venkatesh and it’s really disturbing to see the end of a young footballer,” Khaleel told Deccan Herald. “I agree it’s a complete lapse on the part of BDFA. The rules clearly state that for any match, they need to have an ambulance with fully trained medical staff on standby.

“I cannot understand how such an important thing has been taken for granted. I apologise to the family and, on behalf of KSFA, I wish to announce an ex-gratia payment of Rs one lakh to the family. I know this money means nothing for them now. I understand their feelings. I apologise and will act as per the enquiry.”

Khaleel, who is also the All India Football Association vice-president, promised the purchase of an in-house ambulance.

“In the next 2-3 weeks, KSFA plans to buy an ambulance. It will be used for all matches, Super Division, ‘A’ Division, ‘B’ Division etc. Also, I will be recommending the construction of a two-bedroom mini-hospital at the academy that is coming up at the stadium.”

BDFA chairman MP Swamy condoled the death of Venkatesh but failed to offer an explanation on why an ambulance was not stationed at the venue. “I heard about the tragic news, and I express my grief. I am currently out of station, and I will look into it.”

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