The Belgaum Hockey Association has its own ground namely Maj. B.A. Sayad Memorial Hockey Ground near Dhobi Ghat in Camp.
But we found out that the Hockey players including young hockey women players had to practice on the adjacent road as the said ground is most of the time taken over by others for Cricket and other activities.
The Video clearly shows how the entire ground is occupied by others and is used except for hockey in this case.
The hockey players especially the women players said they feel more safe to practice on the road as there are some bad elements who are on the ground and trouble them.
It is not that we love to practice like this but we have to but we do play on the ground during the tournaments.
Belagavi is known for the grooming of Hockey players and many players went on to represent district, state and the country. Among noted and prominent hockey players from Belagavi who went on to represent higher level are late Shantaram Jadhav, Shankar Laxman and Bandu Patil who represented India in Olympics as well as other international tournaments during 1955 to 1970 period.
Why cant the Hockey association allocate the said ground for practice to be used exclusively by the Hockey players say for a stipulated time in the morning and evenings and the other time the same ground could be utilized for other games.