Amidst all the talk about sports budgets getting increased, multi-sports event for young guns and collegiate. The story of apathy in Indian sports has unearthed again. The women’s national camp for wrestling taking place in Lucknow got delayed after the players found no place to train.
The wrestling hall at the Netaji Subhas Regional Centre, Sports Authority of India, Lucknow is under maintenance and as such the wrestlers were restricted to only running and gym on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Top women wrestlers including Asian Games Gold medalist Vinesh Phogat, World championship Bronze medalist Pooja Dhanda are amongst the group of wrestlers who are participating in the camp
The wrestlers who have been in Lucknow since February 5, are yet to commence their first session of the camp. On Thursday, the team trained in the taekwondo hall without the wrestling mats after failing to find a suitable place outside the center as well.
Wrestling Federation of India assistant secretary Vinod Tomar said that it was a case of mismanagement by the authorities at the SAI center. “We notified the management in Lucknow that we will begin the camp but they did not want it. But we were adamant and told them that we have a set our base there. We tried moving outside the center to a school but that did not work out.”
The wrestling hall’s flooring is being relaid and therefore the mats were not in place. The new foreign coach Andrew Cook also joined the camp on Tuesday but hasn’t conducted a single session so far.
According to sources, the session is supposed to start from Saturday morning.
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