scorecardresearch
Tuesday, Dec 06, 2022

UP govt suspends Saharanpur sports officer over reports of food kept inside stadium toilet

The three-day state-level under-17 girls’ kabaddi tournament was organised at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Sports Stadium in Saharanpur. The tournament was held from September 16 to September 18.

The video shows young athletes serving themselves rice, dal and other dishes from large vessels placed on the floor of a toilet at a stadium in Saharanpur. (Twitter/@INCIndia)

Taking cognizance of reports that food meant for kabaddi players was kept in a toilet at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Sports Stadium in Saharanpur, the Uttar Pradesh government Tuesday suspended the regional sports officer of Saharanpur. The video and photographs of the food kept inside the toilet during a kabaddi tournament in Saharanpur went viral on social media.

The government has also blacklisted the contractor tasked with preparing and providing food to the players.

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi called for strong action after the video went viral. “Such a shame!” Chaturvedi tweeted. “Can’t provide basic facilities to our sportspersons but expect them to win medals for the state/nation.” The Shiv Sena leader urged the UP government to sack the officials responsible for the alleged incident.

The three-day state-level under-17 girls’ kabaddi tournament was organised at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Sports Stadium in Saharanpur. The tournament was held from September 16 to September 18.

Navneet Sehgal, additional chief secretary (sports), said the government has suspended Animesh Saxena, regional sports officer of Saharanpur, with immediate effect.

District magistrate, Saharanpur, Akhilesh Singh, has been directed to conduct a detailed inquiry of the matter and submit a report, he added.

The government has issued directions to all regional sports officers of the state to ensure facilities are provided to players.

Two days ago, photographs and videos went viral on social media in which players were seen with plates in their hands inside the toilet. Containers with cooked rice were kept inside the toilet of the sports complex. The video is of September 16, a source said.

Subscriber Only Stories
UPSC Key- December 5, 2022: Why you should read ‘Iran’s morality police’ ...Premium
UPSC Essentials | Key terms of the past week with MCQsPremium
Amid Bengaluru gangrape investigation, lens on Rapido: how does the bike ...Premium
When Bhagat Singh got a pat from Bal Gangadhar TilakPremium
Advertisement

Akhilesh Singh said, “Yesterday, I asked the additional district magistrate to conduct an inquiry and submit a report in three days. I have asked the inquiry officer to also record statements of players.”

First published on: 20-09-2022 at 12:08:25 pm
Next Story

Books on spirituality to Mossad — what NIA found at gangster Neeraj Bawana’s house

Latest Comment
Post Comment
Read Comments
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
close