All govt sports facilities to stay open till 10 PM in Delhi; Here's why

New Delhi: 

Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday informed that all government sports facilities in the national capital will open till 10 PM as it was causing inconcinience to the athletes. 

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “Our sportsmen are facing problems due to the closure of sports facilities at 6pm, so we have directed that all Delhi government sports facilities will stay open for sportspersons till 10pm.” 

This comes after the news reports claiming that Thyagraj Stadium was shut down as an IAS officer had to walk his dog. The coaches and trainees claimed that they were forced to leave the stadium as Delhi’s Principal Secretary (Revenue) Sanjeev Khirwar walks his dog at the facility.

“We used to train till 8-8.30 pm under lights earlier. But now, we are asked to leave the ground by 7 pm so that the officer can walk his dog on the ground. Our training and practice routine has been disrupted,” The Indian Express quoted a coach. 

Meanwhile, Khirwar, a 1994-batch IAS officer, dismiised the allegations calling them “absolutely incorrect”. However, Khirwar accepted that he sometimes takes his dog to the sports facility but it never disturbed the practices. 

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also reacted to the news article and tweeted, “News reports have brought to our notice that certain sports facilities are being closed early causing inconvenience to sportsmen who wish to play till late night. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed that all Delhi government sports facilities to stay open for sportsmen till 10pm. 


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