Stadiums linked to three CMs out of race to Paris – Times of India

Bathinda: After its best-ever Olympic campaign in Tokyo, the country wants more medals at Paris in three years but its rural stadiums, even those in the villages of sporting powerhouse Punjab’s successive chief ministers, don’t look like they can produce winners.
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh’s ancestral village of Mehraj is one of the biggest in its area. Its population exceeds 22,000 and the smaller villages could use its multipurpose stadium if a worn-out athletics track, poor infrastructure, and the absence of coaches weren’t a reality. Former nagar panchayat president Harinder Singh said: “We built the stadium, laid its tracks, and covered both seating area and the change rooms but the track has fallen into disuse for want of upkeep and coaches.”
Social worker Balwant Singh of Mehraj’s Lok Sangram Manch said: “The big stadium has small infrastructure. A lot many games can be promoted from the CM’s own village, and we can produce players who can represent the state and the country, only if we improve the shape of our stadium. It will also help the state shed the dubious tag of Udta Punjab.”
Villager Gurtej Singh said: When Captain Amarinder Singh became CM for the second time in 2017, we had high hopes that he will spruce up the village stadium.” A couple of young players, not wanting to be named, described how they had to travel 40 kilometres to Bathinda