Ranchi: Karnataka swimming coach Nihar Ameen today hit out at the organizers of the 34th National Games, saying top athletes were missing due to the wrong timing of the multi-sporting event following several postponements. Ameen, who coaches Indian swimming sensation Virdhawal Khade of Maharashtra in his academy in Bangalore, said the organizers wanted to hold the National Games just for the sake of it.
"I don't see any point of these National Games. The timing is not ideal for these Games. It's too cold to train in Bangalore and I'm sure the situation is worse in North Indian states. Nobody will be in their peak with the lack of preparation," Ameen told PTI.
Ameen has a genuine reason to be angry as some of the top swimmers, including his state's Rehan Poncha, who was adjudged best athlete of the 33rd National Games in Guwahati in 2007, were missing from the event.