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Watch video: Food being served in a toilet complex for UP Kabaddi players sparks massive outrage

Huge outrage after food was served to the players in the toilet. Over 300 players from 17 divisions participated in the Under-17 State Level Kabaddi Tournament which lasted for three days at Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Stadium in Saharanpur.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Saharanpur: Sparks massive outrage after food being served to players in toilet. Kabaddi players were given lunch in the toilet at Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Stadium in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh (UP). A video of this has surfaced. This video is from three days ago. More than 300 players participated in the Under-17 State Level Kabaddi tournament which lasted for three days. The food given to the players was not of good quality. The pulses, vegetables, rice were raw and the food was prepared near the swimming pool. The matter has reached Lucknow. A team has been constituted for the investigation.

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On September 16, girl players from many districts had come to the Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Stadium. He was served half-cooked rice for lunch. Many players did not even get bread. The player was seen filling his stomach with vegetables and salad. Rice and puris were prepared and kept in the toilet. It was becoming difficult to even stand there because of the foul smell.

Y Sathish Reddy, social media convener of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, tweeted, “Food served to kabaddi players in #UttarPradesh kept in toilet. Is this how #BJP respects the players? Shameful!

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Jayant Chaudhary shared Mr Reddy’s tweet and called the incident “disrespectful”.

Saharanpur got the opportunity to host the state level sub junior girls’ competition by the UP Kabaddi Association under the aegis of Uttar Pradesh Sports Directorate. The competition was organized at Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Sports Stadium. Teams from 17 divisions and one sports hostel participated in the competition. The arrangements for the stay and food of the players were in the stadium itself.

The food in the stadium was prepared in the swimming pool complex. There raw ration was kept in changing rooms and toilets. At the same time, food was prepared by making a brick stove outside. After preparing the food, he was placed in the toilet. Big parathas and puris of rice were placed on the floor of the toilet on paper. Raw rice was served to the players, which many players refused to eat. After this the rice was removed from the table. In such a situation, only potato curry, lentils and raita were left on the table.

More than 300 players and about two dozen officers-employees from across the state reached the competition. Only two artisans were employed to prepare food for them. This was the reason why most of the players could not get bread. The rice came of poor quality, which when cooked did not thaw properly. In such a situation, new rice was ordered by sending the rice back to the shop immediately.

Sports officer Animesh Saxena says that construction work is going on in the stadium. Because of this there was no place here. Food was being prepared in the open. Due to the rain, the food was kept in the toilet. The rice had also arrived of poor quality.

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