Jammu, June 4: With the mercury set on fire shooting 42 degree Celsius during the day, the Jammu and Kashmir Youth Services and Sports Department in its ridiculous promotional event has been organizing sports events in Sports Stadium Kathua.
As a result, two girls fell unconscious yesterday and a boy suffered thermal burns and scalds. The Sports Stadium is hosting a four-day Inter-School Zonal Level Athletics for under-14 and under-17 categories for both girls and boys that begun on June 1. The girls’ events concluded on Thursday where two girls fell unconscious and some fainted during the sprint events amid scorching heat and that too barefoot.
Sports teachers were seen supporting the young children and taking them from track to pavilion. A medical team was available at all times since many students were feeling uneasy after participating in various competitions due to high temperature.
As per the sources, the Sports Department did not bother about the weather conditions and went ahead with the scheduled events. On top of it, the track was not properly maintained. There were stones and gravel lying all around. The contestants were then asked to run barefoot, due to which they suffered burns and other injuries. Also, most of the students, who took part in the events belonged to poor families and were unable to purchase sports shoes.