Security threat hampers players in Delhi

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Ambedkar Stadium, Delhi's premier football venue, is out of bounds for the players till Independence Day, thanks to a perceived "security threat".

New Delhi:

Ambedkar Stadium, Delhi's premier football venue, is out of bounds for the players till Independence Day, thanks to a perceived "security threat". Whether it is security in the stadium, or the holding of functions, or the Ramlilas and rallies in other footballing centres, training grounds and match-venues are becoming a major problem for players in Delhi. The Delhi Soccer Association's Secretary N K Bhatia, says they are helpless. Lack of infrastructure Ironically, AFC General secretary Peter Velappan, who was in Delhi last month for the 'Vision India' project, had highlighted these dangers. Velappan had said that that playing infrastructure must be made available to players at all times. But clearly that isn't happening. "The lack of grounds for training and of coaches means we can't develop. I myself want to play at the international level, but these problems stall our development," said Rajesh Kumar, Delhi Cantt Club. Using sports facilities for weddings, political functions or banquets is a well-known problem in India. And as far as football is concerned, 'Vision India' probably needs a major check up if it is to attract more 'eyeballs' in the future.

Topics : Football
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