The 37th National Masters Athletic Championship went on well for first three days, but on the fourth day – Saturday, it was not the same as an international master athlete from Tamil Nadu was unhappy with the referee’s decision.
During the 3000 metres steeplechase event, S Subbaiah from Tamil Nadu was unhappy with the referee’s decision and hence, filed a petition to the organisers.
“In spite of having completed the stipulated rounds correctly, the referee told me to run one more round. I informed the organisers to go through the video recording which is available at the ground. However, the referees didn’t oblige. But it was only when the issue was brought to the notice of C Krishna, former director, Department of Physical Education, University of Mysuru who is also director of the event, I was assured justice,” said Subbaiah, an international master athlete who had won gold medal at the Asia Masters Athletic Championship held in Malaysia in 2014.
Speaking to City Today C Krishna who is known to conduct events in a systematic and disciplined manner said “Due to distraction, there may be some confusion in the judgement. We will rectify it and the athlete need not worry. We will do justice and fair judgement will be given by going through the video recording and the appropriate results would be announced. I have also instructed the referees to be extra cautious.” He also pointed out that confusion might have risen due to presence of more public near the track.
On the completion of fourth day, Tamil Nadu’s men’s team leads the table with 29 gold, 29 silver and 30 bronze medals while hosts Karnataka lead the medal tally in the women’s section with 15 gold, 16 silver and 18 bronze medals.
The athletes alleged that there are no proper arrangements to know the results. “I participated in 6 National level championships. Normally the concerned officials will provide details when the sportspersons approach. Also, they give live commentary which helps to understand results, but here no such arrangements have been made, thus leading to lack of transparency in results,” remarked Thrichelvam, from Tamil Nadu.
Many athletes alleged that there is no proper drinking water facility available and the accommodation was also not to the athletes standard. During such meets, better facilities were provided, but here we face inconvenience due to poor service. The organisers need to buck up while organising sporting events at the national level.