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Appoint female coaches

Apropos the news item “SAI cracks the whip” (February 7), the sexual harassment of female wrestlers in Hisar Agriculture University by their master is shameful. The future players have been rendered mentally, morally, and physically weak by the act. The intervention of the SAI leading to the suspension of the accused does not provide justice to the girls. While the coach has been booked in the case, no arrest has been made.

The girls have come out of their homes to play and it is the responsibility of the coach to act as their guardian rather than harass them. Women’s teams should have women coaches along with male coaches or only female coaches to provent such happenings.

Nikhil Sharma, Bilaspur

Olympic shame

For the first time, we were more ashamed than proud to see our countrymen taking part in the Sochi Olympics. No, it’s not due to the quality of the athletes. I am talking about the so-called ‘contractors’ of our country who are so multi -talented that they can handle political parties, business houses, NGOs, sports federations, educational institutes, hospitals and many more fields simultaneously. Most of them join politics and become presidents of sports federations without spending a single day in a sports complex. But the ‘flagless’ players in the Sochi winter Olympics have exposed them in front of the entire world. Their failure in sports administration is the litmus test of their abilities. Their arguments were always specious, but now it’s in black and white and that too at the biggest platform. As a proud sports lover, I was saddened by the absence of the Tricolor in our athletes’ hands there. But as an Indian citizen, I can see them holding an invisible signboard saying “Jago Bharat Jago”.

Mohanjit Dhaliwal, Mohali

Cricket heroes faulter

The lackadaisical performance of the Indian cricket team in South Africa and New Zealand is disgusting. Our heroes are playing there as if they are members of a local club team. Except for one or two players, they feel exasperated and timid before the fast and occurate bowling of the foreign bowlers. If unequal bounce and swing matters, why don’t we get our pitches prepared by curators from abroad? Our players must get adequate experience of tackling the rising and swinging balls. Lack of experience among young players is taking its toll. Without Sachin, Dravid, Gambhir and Sehwag, the team is tottering in foreign lands. Let us take remedial measures soon.

Karnail Singh, Kharar

Shipping cadets jobless

The shipping deck cadets and trainee marine engineers are facing unemployment worldwide. Thousands of freshers are suffering due to joblessness. The merchant navy academies are doing good business, but they don’t care about the students’ future. After paying huge amounts of fees for the course in this field, 80 to 90 per cent students don’t get help in placements. Some of them are even defrauded by agents. Thousands of marine students put up in hostels or lodges in the city on a per-day basis in the hope that one day they will join the ship. Shipping companies have opened their own academies and recruit only those cadets who are studying in their colleges. There is a cut-throat competition for the market share.

Neeraj Kumar, via email

Put train on track

More than a dozen trains have started from Chandigarh to different parts of the country with the help of former Union Railways Minister Pawan Bansal, but the weekly Bathinda-Jammu Tawi train via Dhuri, Patiala, (14501/14502) announced in the Rail Budget is to still to be put on track, though it has been added in the timetable at the station.

Patiala is an important city of Punjab. It enjoys the heritage status. Many migratory labourers work in the Diesel Mechanic Workshop, NIS and the Cantonment covering Nabha and Sangrur and there are other commuters. In the absence of a train, they are put to inconvenience. There is no train bound to the east and south of the city.

O P Garg, Patiala



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