Athletics stadium in mega sports complex, Ranchi
Preparatory training camps for next year’s National Games in Kerala will be held in Ranchi, and not in Dhanbad and Jamshedpur as planned earlier, as the sports department would like to keep tabs on sports associations, many of whom had fudged participation figures to siphon funds in the run up to the Games hosted by Jharkhand three years ago.
The sports department’s scepticism isn’t misplaced. For, the organising committee of the 34th National Games, held primarily in Ranchi, with a few disciplines held in Jamshedpur and Dhanbad, is facing a vigilance probe for the last years.
But, investigations have been moving slowly.
The Kerala Games are scheduled to be held from January 31-February 14, 2015. While several states have already finalised coaching camps, Jharkhand is yet to work on modalities.
Sportspersons of the state fear that if the sports department did not get its act together now, they would lose out on precious training time, given that the model code of conduct would be sounded once Assembly elections were announced.
Sports director Dadan Choubey said the department had convened a meeting with sports associations on August 21 to workout training modalities.
“We want to hold all camps in Ranchi and not at any other place. This will help us monitor the camps properly as the government will invest lots of money on each player. Besides quality training, judicious use of funds is equally important,” he told The Telegraph.
Last month, a delegation of sports officials, headed by director Choubey, held a meeting with sports associations in Jamshedpur after which it was decided to hold a few training camps in the steel city at JRD Tata Sports Complex.
But that idea has been dropped now. “The Hotwar sports complex is very spacious with proper accommodation. And training facilities can be set up on temporary basis, too,” Choubey said.
Except archery and water sports, the Hotwar complex is home to most Games disciplines, including swimming, cycling, athletics, judo, gymnastics, fencing, shooting, table tennis, badminton, basketball and kho-kho.
This apart, twin stadiums in Morabadi in Ranchi can cater to football and hockey.
Choubey maintained that even archery could be organised in the state capital.
“Ranchi is the best option in the department’s view. Final details will be chalked out during the August 21 meeting. We have asked sports associations to come prepared with details such as players list, coaches etc,” he said.
Jharkhand Olympic Association (JOA) released a list of probable players and coaches across 15 disciplines on August 6. JOA general secretary S. M. Hashmi said that the list had been passed on to the sports department to speed up release of grants.
But Choubey indicated the sports department would need a lot more details from JOA.
“The department will need details of each player and coach. Just number of heads won’t do. The government can release grants only after proper paper work has been completed,” he clarified.