In sports-rich Haryana, Gurugram footballers demand a playing field
Gurugram: The impact of Haryana in shaping the sporting culture in the country was highlighted by the fact that in the 26 gold medals won by India in 2018 Commonwealth games, nine of the medals have been contributed by the state.
However, situation of some sportsmen does not seem to be fine in the Gurugram, the state's richest district.
Alleging that the government is trying to deliberately deprive over 70 footballers of the field where they play football, the budding sportsmen along with the head coach have begun a hunger strike.
The entire controversy centres around a large piece of land at Ghamroj village in the outskirts of Gurugram.
For more than two years, this land is being used by the residents of nearby villagers as a football nursery. In the last month of the 2017, however, the forest department began planting trees in the area. The pubic officals have stated categorically that the land is a public property and there is a deliberate attempt to encroach the land.
This is an ulterior motive of the state government and the PWD ministry to not provide the sportmsmen of the area basic facilities, said the footballers who have begun their strike against the government.
This is just another example of the sportmen in the district alleging that the government is not providing them with required facilities. Recently, there was a controversy over sportsmen being charged for playing at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium.
The hockey turf at the Nehru stadium is also in a decrepit state and requires maintenance immediately, a fact acknowledged by public officials.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who was in the city recently, stated that a new astro turf will be set up in the city.
Athletes training in Gurugram said that there was a requirement to first provide basic facilities before creating new ones.