The 6th National Games that concluded on Sunday in Mahendranagar stole the headlines for poor organisation, drawing wide condemnations.
Held in the far western region for the first time in the 30-year long history of the national sports extravaganza, the games was marred by the allegations of rampant corruption on the part of organizers. The corruption, many observers of the Games believe, was the prime reason that made the organizational part of the games inefficient and lackluster.
The poor accommodation and other facilities left many participating players and coaches gnashing their teeth against the organizers. The irritated lots even staged a protest against the organizers chanting slogans against rampant corruption.
A report suggested that the players, coaches and officials, when went for collecting their daily allowances, were give less amount than they were entitled to. The local organizers looking after accommodation facilities had handed down less amount of daily allowances to the participants saying that they had deducted the amount of accommodation themselves.
The action of the organizers made everybody aware that they were involved in some give-and-take of commissions with the hotel owners. The greed for commission is the main reason behind the poor accommodation facilities to the players.
The eyewitnesses said that during the games, all the rooms of the hotels were jam-packed. Several players and officials had to share a single room during the games period but each of them were made to pay high hotel room charges, thanks to the greed for commission on the part of the organizers. A report stated that players of two hockey teams were forced to stay at one room after the organizers told them about the unavailability of required number of rooms.
The participants also complained of poor quality of meals provided to them by the hotel operators. As a result, many of the officials were forced to look for good option and eating places on their own expenses.
Besides poor accommodation, the Games will be remembered for poor organisation of the sports events at several inefficiently constructed playing venues. All the events of martial arts were held at open grounds under the hot sun of Terai plains. As a rule, these events must be held at indoor stadiums where the safety of the players must be given utmost priority.
The condition of many venues could also be described as dreadful. Many hockey officials were seen leveling the hockey ground just prior to the matches. The cricket officials instructed the national level players to play their matches on the uneven ground with extra care for the fear that they would get injured. The national level players had to be instructed because they had been preparing to take part in the upcoming national games.
Any national level sports events are expected to be held in an international standard because such events are held to sharpen the performance of national players as well as to spot the new talents. However, the 6th edition of the national sports event has utterly failed to hone and find new talents.
Many journalists and sports observers went on cutting jokes that looking at the organizational part of the national games in the far western region, they strongly believed there was a stiff competition among many individuals having the responsibility to look after the games organisation to earn quick buck in the name of the games. Many of the members of the local organisation committee have been alleged to have made good money while the games suffered due to the poor organisation.
After having come under wide criticism, the Sports Minister accepted that the games had many shortcomings while the beleaguered National Sports Council member secretary Yuv Raj Lama stated that he would form a probe committee to look into the alleged corruption charges heaped against the local organizers.
Before the beginning of the games, many in the far western region, an area that has suffered because of the lack of development, were excited that the national games were being held in their area. But the same excitement could be seen nowhere among the locals when the games drew to its closure. Following the completion of the games, many observers are making suggestion that if the sports events of the national level are to be organised in this way, it is better not to hold them at all. Because it would be not only a waste of public money but also bring disrepute to the nation and some of the honest players and officials.