| Patliputra Sports Complex. Picture by Jai Prakash |
The Patliputra Sports Complex has gone smart. From an also-there indoor stadium, it has become the city’s pride after hosting three national and an international event in the past two years.
Ready to host the 61st National Kabaddi Championship for Men and Women from January 24, the indoor stadium has become a players’ delight because of professional outlook of its custodians. The sports department’s decision to impose a blanket ban on events organised other than the recognised sports associations has done a world of good to it.
Students and youth welfare director Arvind Thakur said: “The government has decided to use the stadium for holding events organised by the sports associations only. Earlier, even colleges and schools were allowed to host their annual meets.”
The sports associations are not charged a penny for hosting national-level events. For booking hostels, they have to pay Rs 50 per bed.
The birth of Patliputra Sports Complex can be traced to as early as 1984 but it got its present shape in 2012. The state government issued fresh tender this year for housekeeping and security of the stadium. RR Enterprises of the city has been given the responsibility of housekeeping. A new private security agency has also been hired.
Sports enthusiasts said the Patliputra Sports Complex is better managed now because of frequent national and international events. In 2012, the sports hub played host to two big events — First World Cup Kabaddi Tournament and All India Federation Cup Wrestling Tournament in March.
Last August, the 40th Sub-junior National Basketball Championship was organised at the sports hub. This January, ace paddlers were in town to take part in the 75th Senior National Table Tennis Championship.
Top table tennis players were all praise for the indoor stadium. Achanta Sharath Kamal, representing the Petroleum Sports Promotion Board in the tourney, said: “The sports complex has all the infrastructure of a good national indoor stadium.”
The only scar on the grace of the spick-and-span indoor stadium is frequent power cuts. It became a cause for concern of some table tennis players during the recently held tournament.
“The power went off during a match while I was about to serve and I lost concentration,” said an ace paddler.
During the 40th Sub-junior National Basketball Championship in August last year, the last match between Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh in the girls’ category was delayed by more than three hours.
A source said three soundless generators had been installed on the stadium premises for uninterrupted power supply, but they lacked regular maintenance.