Indiscipline marks opening of Dasara sports meet

Organisers bring schoolchildren for march past to complete formalities

Indiscipline marks opening of Dasara sports meet

Hassan city was abuzz with activity over the past one week with sports teams from various places descending on the city to participate in the Mysore division level Dasara sports meet and the education department also holding a sports meet.

The places surrounding the stadium were crowded with participants and the district administration and the youth services and sports department too left no stone unturned to make the Dasara sports meet a success, which was being held for the first time in Hassan.

But, there were a few incidents that reportedly upset sports lovers. There is a saying that sports not only improves one’s physical and mental health but also plays a major role in bringing discipline among players. However, discipline was missing at the sports meet from the beginning, according to sources.

The march past that was held on the first day itself showcased indiscipline among the participants. Among the participants from eight districts, including Hassan, players from six districts were not in thier track suits. While the team from Dakshina Kannada took part in total discipline in thier sports attire, it was missing among the teams from other districts.

Some teams have won the divisional level events and are eligible for state-level contests and may have to even represent the state in national games. But ironically, they were seen in Bermuda shorts and hawai chappals, doing march past on the opening day. Some teams representing Hassan district did not even bother to do march past!

The organisers had no other option but to bring schoolchildren to participate in the march past and complete the formalities, according to an officer.

Though some say that the students from rural backgrounds do not have financial ability to buy a track suit, the zilla and taluk panchayats have reserved an amount for sports that could have been used.

Dakshina Kannada district, on priority had directed the ZP to provide the track suits and necessary boots, once the team members were identified and have also been fulfilled in a week’s time, said director of youth services and sports.

Sports lovers wonder why is it not possible in Hassan district, as it does not cost more than Rs 1,000 per participant. Assistant director Shivanand said the system would be followed in coming days.

Instead of allotting funds for some unknown teams, the original teams participating in such prestigious competitions should be given priority.

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