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Hockey chief coach complains about food quality in SAI Bangalore, IOA draws SAI's attention

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coach of Indian men's team Harendra Singh has complained to Hockey about the sub-standard quality of and hygiene level at the centre in Bengaluru, where the national team is currently training ahead of the

Having received the complaint, (IOA) Narinder Batra, who was the former HI and current of (FIH), swung into action and wrote to the Ministry to address the issue.

"I would like to bring to your kind notice that quality at centre has been well below par with a professional unit - and fat through out, bones with lack of meats. Moreover Insects, bugs and hair were also found in the Sir, I also would like to inform you that hygiene part has also been neglected," Harendra wrote in his letter to HI top officials.

"The kitchen utensils which are used to prepare food are unhealthy. We are preparing for the upcoming Champions Trophy, and It is vital for these high performance athletes to have meals which consists of entire nutrition.

"Recently we conducted blood tests on all 48 athletes and the blood report found many food related deficiencies in some athletes which act as a hindrance to perform at the optimum level," he added.

The coach further wrote that the quality of food has been sub-standard despite Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's instructions during one of his visits before the Gold Coast

"Before the CWG, during one of the camps, Minister had visited the camps and had given instructions to competent authority that within 48 hours these complaints must be addressed but no change is visible," Harendra wrote.

After being informed by Hockey India, the IOA asked to look into the matter as soon as possible.

IOA Batra immediately wrote to SAI Neelam Kapur, urging her to address the matter seriously.

"The had visited couple of months back and he is aware of this situation concerning the athletes and their food issue, hygiene issues etc," Batra wrote.

"It is couple of months now, I humbly request SAI to kindly take care of food quality, hygiene, cleanness etc at SAI centre in interest of health and performance of elite athletes. If we expect elite athletes to perform at their best, then we also need to provide them with the best."

The IOA chief sought a meeting with SAI DG to discuss the matter.

"Kindly give time to discuss on these issues since it is a problem across all centres of SAI," Batra wrote.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 17:15 IST