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Players take ice bath in broken tank; Ministry orders probe

The pathetic condition of facilities in some of the centres of Sports Authority of India (SAI) was revealed when a noted newspaper publication reported about players taking ice bath in a broken plastic tank. The incident happened in the SAI centre of Bengaluru where the members of junior hockey team were found  using a broken plastic water tank for an ice bath. The players are attending a national camp in the centre.

An ice bath therapy is required after an athlete after undergoing an intense workout session. It helps the body recover faster. It is recommended to have an ice bath in small tubs for 10-15 minutes. But the way in which the junior players were undergoing the therapy was quite unhygienic.

According to SAI officials, the camp for the national junior hockey team began last month. When quizzed about the broken tank, they said that the same plastic tank was used by the senior team during its camps.

However, the incident was notified to the sports ministry. The ministry has ordered an enquiry and also sought a report from SAI. “After assuming charge as the sports minister during his visits to different SAI Centres in the country, Vijay Goel  emphasised the need to upgrade SAI Centres to provide the best facilities to the players practicing or getting trained at SAI Centres across India,” a sports ministry official said.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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