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GNDU,Punjabi University in a ‘tug-of-war’

Battlelines have been drawn between old rivals Guru Nanak Dev University and Punjabi University,Patiala,with the former levelling allegations of foul play on latter’s part in staking its claim to the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad trophy.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar |
August 22, 2012 3:28:59 am

Battlelines have been drawn between old rivals Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) and Punjabi University,Patiala,with the former levelling allegations of foul play on latter’s part in staking its claim to the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) trophy (2011-12).

GNDU has claimed that Punjabi University has used point garnered through the sport tug-of-war to add its marks to stake claim to the trophy,a “wrongdoing” denied by the Patiala-based university.

The two universities will face off on Wednesday when they go ahead with the presentations on their self-calculated points before a panel of Association of Indian Universities in New Delhi. The Punjabi University with 53,960 points leads by 7,985 marks against GNDU’s 45,975. The marks are calculated on the basis of performances of students in different sports tournaments.

While GNDU,among other things,is likely to challenge the marks claimed by Punjabi University against the federation cup of tug-of-war competition conducted by the latter from June 21 to June 24,2012 on its campus,the Patiala-based university,will be questioning the results of inter-university gymnastics (men and women) held at GNDU last year.

“The tug-of-war federation cup was organised with a sole motive to grab points. All the players in six participating Punjab state teams were from Punjabi University,” Kanwaljit Singh,director sports,GNDU,said,adding that Punjabi University collected 12,000 points by conducting the tournament.

He said that district units were not invited to trials nor were any advertisements issued,a charge refuted by tug-of-war federation secretary General Nirmal Singh Mundi.

The Punjabi University sports director,Raj Kumar Sharma,too denied the claims. “How can GNDU say that we have claimed 12,000 marks against tug-of-war when the sport-wise break-up of points have not been made public,” Sharma said,adding that the federation cup was held as per the norms. “In the past,it was GNDU that in a fraudulent manner used tug-of-war to claim MAKA trophy,” he added.

Sharma also said that there were “irregularities” in the results of Inter-University Gymnastics competition held at GNDU last year.

The allegation was rubbished by Kanwaljit who said that the “director of the competition was from Hisar and AIU observer was from Kurukshetra. GNDU had no role to play in the results.”

Both the universities have also been accusing each other of fielding “outsiders” in various tournaments.

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