first_imgWhat was supposed to be a legacy of Commonwealth Games in the city has turned out to be a model of neglect. Built at a cost of Rs 300 crore, Thyagraj Stadium near INA Colony was the venue for netball matches during the Games held in October 2010. Two years on, the Delhi government stadium seems to have lost its glory.Though high on aesthetics, the sports stadium today lacks even the basic equipment for various sports. The stadium doesn’t even have any coaches to impart training in table tennis, basketball and chess. Already, cracks are visible on the exterior sitting platforms/ stairs adjacent to the athletic track.S.R. Sawoo, Assistant Director of Education – who is in-charge of managing the stadium’s administration, claimed that all facilities were in full use. He said that 300 – 400 children had participated in stadium’s tennis, athletic, badminton, judo, gym and football training activities. “We are constantly striving to improve this, and also hope to get the coaches for other sports very soon,” Sawoo said.However, ground sources said that the stadium gets only around 100 students for athletic training every day. Worse still, it doesn’t have any athletic equipment either. This includes items related for sport training, hurdles, pole vaults, mattresses. “It is virtually impossible for students who are interested, in looking for something other than the basic in athletics,” the source said.In-fact, with the absence of lockers, tables or standard furniture, even a visit to the locker rooms at the stadium is an eye opener. The well-built facility also suffers from an apparent lack of maintenance and upkeep.advertisement”We have already held several big events like the T20 football and pre-Subroto football training. We eve rent our place to education sector related seminars and discussions – all according to procedures laid out by the government,” the official claimed.”From here, the best way forward for us would be to ensure that these facilities are utilised as much as possible. Also, the upkeep related issues need to be addressed now, when the stadium is still new,” the official said. The facility is now on the crossroads- waiting for a decisive, proactive decision by the state government.last_img