Dismal condition of sports sector
In an unfortunate event, national level wrestler, 25-year-old Vishal Kumar Verma died of electrocution on Wednesday at a stadium in Ranchi, Jharkhand when he was pumping out water that had collected in the Jaipal Singh stadium in the state. The stadium, built in 1978, was carrying out renovation work, which exacerbated water-logging during monsoons. Verma had been given the responsibility of opening the state wrestling body office in the mornings, though he didn't comment on whether Verma worked at the stadium part-time. He was reportedly the only earning member in a family of six.
The state wrestling association has announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for Verma's family. The family is expected to get Rs 10,000 every month. Vishal Kumar Verma's accolades include a gold at the last Jharkhand state competition for both freestyle and Greco-Roman categories. He had also finished fourth in the 74kg freestyle event at the last national meet at Gonda, Uttar Pradesh. Jharkhand State Wrestling Association officials said that the building had been declared "dangerous" and the electricity connection was "illegal". The field around the office had been dug up to build a multi-purpose cultural centre and thus the premises had been flooded.