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Preparation of budding athletes in disarray as Thane stadium to be used by KKR

Thane: For the past 18 months, budding track and field athletes had to train on the cement structure at Dadaji Kondadev Stadium that surrounded the grass ground that is going to be Kolkata Knight Riders' training camp in IPL 2019.

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Around 60 parents of budding athletes met Thane Municipality Corporation (TMC) commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Monday to discuss the issue that spoiled young athletes' preparation at the venue. As parents sought for proper track and field facilities, Jaiswal appointed two officials to accompany coach Nilesh Patkar to figure out long and short term solutions to the problem.
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“There are three plots available around Thane which are being considered for a full-fledged athletics stadium,” Patkar was quoted as saying by the media.
“It’ll take about three years to complete the stadium," he added.
The new athletics stadium will take three years to be completed. So, nearby police ground could be used for their training.
“It will need proper rolling to level the mud track, portable toilets, water stations, bleachers and a storage room for equipment (starting blocks),” he said.
The Dadaji Kondadev Stadium, that has undergone renovation costing over 3 crores, will be reopened to athletes, but with conditions.
“We will continue to train on the cement stairs but only one has a synthetic track on it, which is wide enough for only one runner at a time,” said Akanksha Parab, whose daughter won gold in the 4x400m relay at the Khelo India Games.
“We’ve asked for at least one more step to have the track. But they will be putting a fresh new track where the old one already is," Parab said.
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At the same time, the area beyond the fence will be available for the trainees after the grass has sufficiently grown there, which may take 10 days.
“The kids can only train with flat-soled shoes there, no spikes,” Parab added.
Though the meeting between Jaiswal and parents discussed many options, however, it failed to come up with an interim solution to the problem.

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