To use its stadium, Sports Council asks organisers in Sopore to pay 7000 per match

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An organiser cutting the grass at Khushal Stadium/PIC-KSW

Baramulla, May 3: In a shocker, Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council is demanding an amount of rupees 7000 per match to organisers in Sopore for availing Khushal Stadium.

The stadium situated at Tulibal, around one kilometre away from the main town, is home to multiple sports activities in the area. The local organisers have been using the ground to organise small tournaments, however, recently Sports Council has started asking them to pay a huge amount to use the stadium for playing purpose.

“We have been using this ground for various activities but some days back, council started asking us to pay 7000 per match or to stop our ongoing cricket tournament,” said Arif Wani, one of the organisers.

The organisers claimed that they maintain the ground by themselves and use their own equipment for all sort of activities, which take place at Khusal Stadium,

“We have brought our own matting, covers and other stuff. We also cut grass and blow out water from the ground by ourselves. The only thing we ask Sports Council is to give us the permission to play here. But they seem to have no interest in helping the youth,” He added.

These sports enthusiasts said that if the officials didn’t stop the ‘persecution’, they might come out to protest,

“I don’t know what’s wrong with the council. If this stadium is made to play, what’s the problem in organising tournaments?” Malik Majid, a known sports promoter of the district questioned.

“Asking such huge amount to play in a stadium is sheer persecution. We might be forced to protest, if they didn’t allow us to continue the playing activities here,”

When KSW reached Divisional Sports Officer Kashmir, Nuzhat Ara, she by not illustrating the situation said:

“We will look into this matter.”

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