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Hotwar stadiums get eight mentors

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Stadiums at the mega sports complex in Hotwar, Ranchi, will no longer feel like stepchildren.

After a lot of dilly-dallying and controversies since the 34th National Games in 2011, the state sports department has finally appointed eight stadium managers-cum-coaches for daily upkeep, efficient running of sporting activities and other managerial jobs. Besides, one more has been appointed for similar tasks at Silli’s football stadium.

Sports minister Geetashree Oraon will hand over the letters to the new appointees on Thursday during a programme at the state museum in Hotwar around 11am.

Speaking to The Telegraph on Wednesday, sporting director Dadan Choubey said all the managers have been appointed on contract basis for five years. “Extension will depend on their performance,” he said, adding that each would get around Rs 10,000 a month as of now.

“It is a big achievement. The appointments got delayed for over a year due to some problems like recruitment rules,” said Choubey.

Last April, the lone manager reportedly left after being fed up with the department’s way of functioning.

Choosing not to speak about the not-so-pleasant past, Choubey rather preferred to talk about hope. “The new arrangement will pave way for a better sporting scenario in the capital,” he added.