Organise sports meets efficiently: ZP CEO

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An athlete injured himself stepping on the glass shards on the tracks of the district stadium in Kolar during the taluk level Dasara sports meet on Saturday.  DH file photo

The CEO’s instructions come in the wake of the disorderly manner in which sports meets were organised recently in Bangarpet and Kolar.

At the progress review meeting at the ZP auditorium on Monday, president Manjula and chairmen of standing committees, expressed disappointment at the mess the sports meets were. Manjula said sportspersons had to face inconveniences, including lack of water and food facilities. Agriculture and industries standing committee chairman A M Lakshminarayana said sportspersons deserved a better deal and that any shortage of funds should be brought to the ZP’s notice.

Assistant director of the department of sports and youth affairs, K Umalakshmi, denied media reports that there were glass pieces on the athletics tracks and that she could be held responsible if there glass pieces are found.

But Shantappa, who was not convinced, said loopholes in the conduct of the sports meets should be plugged. The members demanded that a compound wall be constructed around the stadium as there were reports of illegal activities taking place there. Drinking water facility should also be provided, they said.

Umalakshmi said her department did not have taluk-level officers and she had to personally take care of organising the sports meets.

Umalakshmi, also the district social welfare officer, said the ZP had not cleared bills for the drinking water purchased for the hostel at the stadium premises. The case is no different in the other hostels of the district as the respective CMC and TMCs were negligent towards providing water connections, she added.

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