Baseball Association taking 18K per head for national participation, allege players

DYSS initiates enquiry against two officials, Sports Council reluctant to take action

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The group of players have alleged that they were duped by two officials of Department of Youth Services and Sports (DYSS) who were acting as contact persons for Baseball Association in lieu of participating in the national baseball championship.

In a joint application to Joint Director DYSS the players have blamed two officials of DYSS of duping them and misguiding them.

The application titled complaint against Mr. Rouf Ahmad Sofi (PET) and Mr.Gh. Hassan Mir Reads, “With due respect & regards that we would like to inform you that we Girls

Team of Baseball name listed below have been participating in 32nd Senior Nation Baseball Championship held at Bhilai Chattisgarh from 08·02·2018 to 13·02 2018. Due to Court Stay of association the organizers did not allow J&K Baseball team to participate till last moment.

“So that we told to Mr. Rouf Ahmad Sofi (PET) and Mr Gh. Hassan Mir (PET) about the matter that you

Deceived us as we have paid Rs. 18000/- each, for participation to both of them that

You had demanded from us us before selection trials. Even for district & State level

Championship we have paid Rs. 1200/ each to both of them for participation. It is despite Association has been receiving financial grant from J&K State Sports Council,” letter reads.

The letter further reads that “They then they promised us that the said team will play in next Nationals but yet again they demanded huge amount for participation and we refused to pay. With the

Result they dropped girls team for participate. So now we request you to please look into the matter help us to get our money back from,” it reads.

The Joint Director has asked Incharge Activity to take matter with District Office Ganderbal and has termed the act as shameful.

As per players they had earlier contacted Sports Council but there was no response from the council and it was only after that they approached DYSS.

“It looks like Sports Council officials are hand in glove with Baseball Association. Despite our repeated requests they didn’t initiate any process or action. We demand enquiry into the matter and want Governor Administration to look into affairs of Sports Council and Associations affiliated with it,” they said.