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Better late than never, KSFA has finally tied up with two leading hospitals in Bangalore to provide fully equipped ambulance facilities during the football matches...

It has been almost two weeks since the demise of Bangalore Mars footballer Venkatesh Dhanraj after he collapsed on the playing field and was pronounced dead on arrival at the nearby hospital due to inadequacy of medical care as well as non-availability of an ambulance in the stadium.

The Bangalore Football Stadium is now scheduled to host an I-League match between Pune FC and HAL Bangalore. Finally the Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) has woken up from its slumber and has tied up with Hosmat and Sagar Apollo hospitals to get two ambulances along with doctors and medical staff who would be present during the match.

“For the I-League matches we have a tie-up with Hosmat and Sagar Apollo and they will provide ambulance with all facilities and doctors,” KSFA secretary Krishna Narayana told The Deccan Herald.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) had postponed the I-League match between HAL Bangalore and Pailan Arrows which was originally to be held on March 31 to April 28 as requested by KSFA in order to put their house in order. The local association too had postponed all 'A' Division and Super Division encounters as well.

Meanwhile A R Khaleel, KSFA President. stressed that this is only a temporary measure as the state association is in the process of buying an ambulance.

“KSFA have already paid the first installment for purchasing the ambulance. In a few days time, we will receive the vehicle," Narayana added.

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