June 1, 1997
MYSORE, May 31: For Mysore, the City of Palaces, which plays host to the Dasara Games, every year, a multi-discipline event is nothing new. The Mysore segment of the National Games, beginning on Sunday, will have six events — archery, gymnastics, equestrian, handball, table tennis and wrestling.
*The Wodeyar touch is omnipresent and the royal connection extends to the disciplines to be held at Mysore. Wrestling has always enjoyed the patronage of the Mysoreans from the Maharaja days. Bows and arrows as in archery or horses as in equestrian events raises visions of the royal past of this city.
*The Chamundi Vihar Sports complex is the hub of Games activities here. Srinivasa Gowda, under whose charge the events are being conducted, said, “It’s a little more tense than Dasara Games. But, there’s nothing to worry about it.” Â Â But the tension appears a little too much for this erstwhile cultural capital of Karnataka to handle, with the Indoor stadium in the Sports Complex presenting a pathetic picture with the apparatus for the gymnastics events, which will start on the morrow, strewn all over.
*To make matters worse, two sets of apparatus- one from Sports Authority of India, Thalassery and the other from the NGOC were waiting to be laid down. As things stand, the foam mattresses from the Netherlands ordered by the NGOC will be have to be laid overnight before the commencement of the event.
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*The vice-chairman of the Games Technical Conduct Committee, P Malleswaran explained, “The equipment from Thalassery came here as a stop-gap arrangement with delay being anticipated in the arrival of the NGOC equipments from Netherlands owing to hurdles on the import front.
“Now that we have got our own foams and apparatus, we are on the job and will get the venue ready before the 9 a.m tomorrow. It is always better to have two sets of equipments than none.”
*His job is made easier with a bunch of bubbling volunteers under the guidance of the SAI gymnastics coach Arun Patil. “We will work ovenight to have the event start according to schedule,” said Arun.
*Well, it is not suprising nor is it shocking to see that kind of `waking up at the eleventh hour’ as delays and postponements seem to go hand in hand with the fourth National Games. As a member of the organising committee put it, “We are known for finishing the work only at the eleventh hour.”
*One can only hope once the Games start, things will move smoothly over the next 10 days.
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