Mysuru: The event was a state-level sports meet for state government employees, but the venue strongly wore a look of a political rally.
Chamundi Vihar Stadium in the city is hosting the sports meet, but the venue has been decked up with life-size cut outs of political leaders, leaving the participants wondering if they have come to take part in a sports event or they have come to be a part of a political rally.
The event was inaugurated by Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Rahim Khan, who said that he has urged the CM to allocated sufficient funds for development of sports and sports infrastructure in the state. The event was to be initially inaugurated by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and keeping in mind the presence of political leaders, the organisers went out of their way to accommodate the cut outs of political leaders, which many say was aimed at pleasing the politicians.
Mysuru City Corporation Commissioner Jagadeesh said that the cutouts are permitted inside Chamundi Vihar Stadium premise but not outside. The cutouts which are put up by the organizers around the stadium will be removed by the MCC staff, once the event is over.
Participants fight for track suits!
If the cut outs gave enough fodder to media, the episode of participants hurling abuses at each out in their bid to grab a free track suit for themselves too grabbed a lot of eyeballs. The organisers had announced that they would provide free tracksuits for the participants and on knowing about this, the participants went on a mad rush. While many managed to get one for themselves, soon a fight broke out between the participants when many complained that they did not get a track suit. Abuses were hurled at one another and the cacophony settled only when the organisers promised to supply tracksuits to all by Tuesday.
Good response to event
Amidst all this, the event by itself managed to get outstanding response from the participants. It is said that nearly 7000 persons, including 1500 women have come to take part in the event, which will conclude on January 30.
The participants will be competing in 28 different events including Cricket, Basketball, Hockey, Football, Tennis, Volleyball, Cricket, Swimming, Carom, Table Tennis, Wrestling, Kabbadi, Weightlifting and various athletic events. The winners in each event will get medals and mementos. The sports meet is categorized in two categories- in men’s section, events will be held for below 45 years and above 45 years age slots while for women, the women, events will be held for above and below 40.
Apart from sports and athletic events, the organizers will also be organizing cultural competitions like folk songs, folk dance, classical music, Hindustani music, bharatanatyam and short plays at Kalamandira and Rangayana. Valedictory and prize distribution function will be held on January 30.
The event is being organised by Karnataka State Government Employees Association in association with District Youth Empowerment and Sports. Ramu, President of state government employees association, Tourism Minister SR Mahesh, DC Abhiram Sankar were also present.
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