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dna followup: Madhya Pradesh officials unaware of tennis team's plight

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 2:17pm IST | Place: Indore | Agency: DNA

A day after dna reported how state-level tennis team got a step-motherly treatment at the hands of its manager during national school tournament in Pune last week, state education department’s directorate of public instructions (DPI) expressed ignorance about the players’ plight.

“We do not know what happened during the tournament. If we get a written complaint from the students, we will act on the matter,” Md Hanif, assistant director, DPI told dna on Wednesday.

DPI is the official body that selects teams and officials from state for tournaments at national level.

On Tuesday, the players had alleged that their team manager Anita Bharti had taken her family along with the team and had stayed at the facility meant for them. The students said while they were struggling to play their matches, the manager was out sightseeing with her family. “She paid no attention to what kind of facilities were provided to them at Balewadi sports complex in Pune and even failed to report to the department higher-ups that the bus arranged for them had met with an accident,” the players alleged.

The department officials said that if Bharti had taken her family on the tour, it was a clear violation of the rules and department would take stern action against her.

“It is responsibility of organisers to arrange proper facilities for players; if they are not provided good facilities, it is manager’s responsibility to demand the same from the organisers,” said one of the DPI officials.

The official added, “An amount of Rs 900 is allotted to provide track-suits which have state’s name printed on them and kit to every student.”

The team members said that track suits given to them were plain and had nothing printed on them.

“Every student gets an allowance of Rs 100 per day and travel allowance for their to and fro journey from home,” said the official.

“Our team manager gave Rs 100 to every two players and asked us to share the amount equally between us,” said one of the players Suryansh Yadav.

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