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Chandigarh pulls out of fray

Guwahati, Oct. 1: Chandigarh has pulled out of the sub-junior national judo championship to be held at Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phookan indoor stadium here from October 6 to 9.

Stating that nearly 800 judokas from 28 states have confirmed participation, organising committee secretary Banee Brata Das today said the Chandigarh team has refused to participate. “They have emailed us that the last time in 2003, the Chandigarh sub-junior contingent had a providential escape from a blast on the railway track at Rangiya during their departure from here and, therefore, this time the guardians are reluctant to send the children to Guwahati,” Das said.

The organising committee has claimed that necessary steps have been taken to ensure security of all the participants in the meet to be held for the third time in Guwahati. Earlier, sub-junior nationals were held here in 1996 and 2003 apart from hosting the senior nationals in 1994.

A daylong seminar will be organised on various aspects of organising judo meets where state delegates will participate. The annual general meeting of the Judo Federation of India will also be held here on October 6.

However, with barely four days left, the organisers are in dire straits to meet the total expense of around Rs 16.28 lakh.

Organising committee president Pranab Saikia appealed to the government to clear the sponsorship applications for sporting events well ahead of time so that the organisers could plan the events properly.

About accommodation, Saikia said: “We will put up the boys at the Sarusajai sports complex and the girls at the meet venue itself. The tournament officials will be accommodated at hotels nearest to the venue.”

The 40 technical officials include two from Assam, Ashima Saikia and Abhijit Das. Hosts Assam will field only 20 participants, said Das.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi has been invited to inaugurate the tournament in the presence of Assam Olympic Association secretary Rakibul Hussain and Assam Cricket Association president Gautam Roy.