J&K not taking Santosh Trophy seriously: AIFF observer

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Jammu, Nov 15 (UNI) Alleging non-seriousness on part of the Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council, observers from All India Football Federation (AIFF) today said that infrastructurewise, the state was not taking the prestigious Santosh Trophy seriously.

It is for the third time in a row, the Jammu and Kashmir State is likely to miss the opportunity to host the Santosh Trophy due to the non-availability of the required infrastructure.

Talking to mediapersons here after inspecting the venues for the Santosh Trophy, the two AIFF observers said that they have once again seek intervention of the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who assured that work would be done by December 15 this year.

''At present the venues at Srinagar and here in Jammu as well are not satisfactory and the final decision for shifting the Santosh Trophy to some other state will be decided in an Annual General Body meeting scheduled for December 22," Vice President AIFF and observer Subrata Dutta told mediapersons.

He claimed that nothing adequate has been done on the grounds to organize such a prestigious and reputed Football Tournament adding he said, ''We have already submitted list of loopholes previous year but yet no serious action has been taken in bringing up the infrastructure." However, sources told UNI that later in the afternoon here today, members of the Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) entered into a scuffle with the Secretary Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council, Ravinder Gupta for not providing proper infrastructure for Santosh Trophy in the presence of the AIFF observers.


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