‘Rice plate on toilet floor served to kabaddi players in Saharanpur’
The “same rice” has been served to around 200 players who are taking part in a three-day state level U-17 girls’ kabaddi tournament in Saharanpur district
MEERUT: Cooked rice in a large plate was allegedly placed on the floor of a toilet complex at a sports stadium in Saharanpur, purported photographs of which are being widely circulated on social media.
The “same rice” has been served to around 200 players who are taking part in a three-day state level U-17 girls’ kabaddi tournament in Saharanpur district, alleged a junior player, who wished not to be named.
Dismissing the allegations on Saturday, sports officer of Saharanpur, Animesh Saxena, termed it “totally baseless”.
Saxena added: “Food served to players here is of good quality.” The player further claimed, “Food, including rice, ‘dal’ and ‘sabji’ were cooked in large vessels on a traditional brick oven near the swimming pool.
From the vessel, cooked rice was taken out in a big plate and was placed on the toilet floor near its gate. Next to the rice plate, were leftover ‘pooris’ on a piece of paper on the floor. The rice was then served to the players for lunch on Friday.”
A few players raised the matter before a stadium official. The official informed the sports officer, Animesh Saxena, who “reprimanded the cooks”. “There was a space crunch and the food was cooked near the stadium pool,” the sports officer said.
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