This dismal state of sports in India, first day of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyaan without any sports event
A report published in The Hindu suggests, no sports event could be organized on 1st day because of administrative issues. The four-day national-level Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyaan (rural sports meet) began yesterday at Ballari, host for three events – football, weightlifting and judo.
It started with a delay in supplying breakfast, that too with only one counter for sportspersons numbering over 1,000. This was followed by a delay in conducting the medical examination of the sportspersons.
“Going by the state of affairs, it is very clear that there has been no proper planning on part of the district administration in organising the mega sports event,” said the team managers.
Sportspersons from 22 States have been participating in the three events. “Though a majority of the teams arrived on the eve of the inaugural day, medical examinations were being carried out now. Even the accommodation was not proper,” said the participants.
Several other reason were cited for the delay and all these could have been planned. This is really discouraging when we cant plan and execute sports events, these games should be taking nurturing ground for international athletes.
The rural sports programme was started in 1970-71 and was being operated through Sport Authority of India (SAI). It was merged with Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan(PYKKA) scheme during 2008-09. The PYKKA scheme is now revised and renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA). The rural sports competitions are organised at block, district, state and national levels through the State Governments/UTs with technical support from Sports Authority of India.