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One hopes that the mistake isn’t repeated...

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) grounds in Kandivali, Mumbai has achieved fame over the last week for all the negative reasons after some disastrous arrangements being in place for the All India Football Federation’s Mir Iqbal Sub-Junior Nationals.

While the staying facilities, food and behaviour of the officials made the maximum headlines, the ground at SAI wasn’t far behind. Western India Football Association (WIFA) assistant secretary, Wali Mohammed decided to shift the venue after playing a single match at the SAI ground after protests from several teams.

Also the SAI authorities have to put up with Commonwealth Games preparations, which further acted as a catalyst for the sub-junior event to be moved to another ground in Mumbai. Interestingly enough, SAI grounds is the venue of Indian women junior national team with their camp scheduled to start on the 25th of this month.

The date and venue for the camp was announced prior to the sub-junior disaster at the SAI grounds and Wali Mohammed has already intimated the concerned authorities of the arrangements at the venue.

“I have told Alberto Colaco (AIFF general secretary) that the conditions at SAI are shambolic and that if you decide to conduct a camp there, it’s at your own peril.

“The ground at SAI is so bad that after a single game, I didn’t want to conduct anymore matches there. We don’t want the girls to suffer there,” said Mohammed.

One hopes that the venue is being shifted at the earliest in order to avoid further embarrassment.

Rahul Bali.