After videos on social media showed kabaddi players in Uttar Pradesh serving themselves food that was kept in the toilet of a sports complex, the state government said on Tuesday that Saharanpur District Sports Officer Animesh Saxena has been suspended, ANI reported.
The videos, which are being widely shared on social media, were reportedly shot by some players on September 16 at the Bhimrao Stadium in Saharanpur during an Under-17 state level kabaddi tournament for girls. Around 300 players had come to participate in the game, according to Dainik Bhaskar.
The videos show the players serving themselves rice from a vessel that is kept near a row of urinals.
UP : सहारनपुर स्टेडियम के टॉयलेट रूम में खिलाड़ियों को घटिया खाना परोसा गया। स्टेट लेवल कबड्डी टूर्नामेंट के लिए UP से करीब 300 खिलाड़ी आए थे।
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Saxena said that he had to keep the food inside the toilet as it was raining, India Today reported. “Arrangements were made to cook food for the sportspersons in the changing room as construction work is ongoing at the stadium,” he claimed.
A letter issued by the Sports Directorate said Saxena failed to give an explanation on what led to the incident. He was suspended under provisions…