National Games: weightlifting platform eaten up by termite

Jamshedpur, Feb 7 (PTI) Barely five days before startof the National Games, an imported laminated board meant forweightlifting platform for competition and training was foundbadly eaten up by terminate, a source in the JharkhandWeightlifting Association (JWA) said today.

The JWA got the 16 sq metre portable board about twoyears back but it was dumped in an open space in JRD TataSports Complex as there was no proper space to store it, thesource said.

The games, originally slated for 2007, was deferred seventimes mainly due to political instability in Jharkhand andwould finally be held from February 12 to 26.

Jamshedpur, one of the venues of the games, will behosting weightlifting from February 22 to 25 among otherevents like archery, boxing, equestrian and women''s football.

Confirming the damage, JWA secretary T D Roy said, "Westill have time to conduct the event properly if necessaryaction is taken to replace the damaged equipments."

The source said the officials of the technical committeeas well as the Jharkhand Olympic Association (JOA) hadinspected the equipment a couple of months back and it wasfound to be alright then.

Roy said, JWA was getting ready to fix the equipmentafter "we were allotted a space in the complex a couple ofdays ago. But shocked to see the condition of the valuableequipment."

Stating that lack of space for storing the equipment wasthe reason for the damage, Roy said his repeated plea forallotment of proper space remained unheard for two years.

The equipment was dumped in an open space and he himselfhad to purchase tarpaulins to cover it twice in the past, Royclaimed.

He said he has already informed the matter to Director ofSports, Jharkhand Government and Secretary General of NationalGames Organising Committee. Himani Pandey,Chairperson-cum-Deputy Commissioner here would also beapprised of.

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