IEP SAS Nagar, January 28
Punjab Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer on Saturday took serious notice of the poor quality food being served to the players during surprise check at the mess in the wing of the Punjab Institute of Sports (PIS) in the Phase 9 sports complex in Mohali.
The Sports Minister himself also ate the food and inspected the food preparation materials in the mess. He said that the food is not at all satisfactory and below the standard. He warned the mess workers present on the spot regarding the poor quality of food being served and the lack of nutritional food for the players. He immediately called the contractor on the spot and told him that such callosity is not at all tolerable.
He said that the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann will not compromise with the health and diet of the players. He made it clear to the contractor that if this happens again in the future, the contract will be cancelled. On the instructions of the Sports Minister, PIS issued a warning letter to the contractor. He categorically said that only quality edible products should be used and it should be ensured that nutritious food, which is mandatory for diet, is served to the players. The Sports Minister also instructed the officers to conduct such checking campaigns across the state and take strict action if any shortcoming is found in service of nutritious food. He said that if the player does not get a proper diet, then better results will never be achieved.
It is worth mentioning About 350 players of Hockey, Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Weightlifting, Basketball and Gymnastics are taking training in this PIS sports wing.
The minister was accompanied by Director Sports Amit Talwar.