BHUBANESWAR: Kalinga Stadium may be playing host to international sports events but the senior national Rugby team of Chhattisgarh had a bitter experience at the sports facility here.
Half of the 25-member team, which was here to take part in All India Senior National Division-II Callaghan Cup-2015 Rugby Tournament, found its valuables stolen from their bags at the stadium during a game two days back. Cash, ID cards and ATM cards were stolen by unidentified miscreants when the team members were out on the ground on February 24 morning.
Coach of the team Ayaz Ahmed Khan told this paper that at least `55,700 in cash, 13 mobile phones, several ATM cards and voter ID and PAN cards were stolen when players and support staff had stepped out of their dressing rooms.
“The team members had gone to the ground and returned after 15 minutes during which the theft took place,” Khan said.
The matter was informed to Nayapalli police which failed to make any breakthrough. The team did not bother to lodge any complaint formally since the authorities did not appear cooperative.
Left with no cash and ATM cards, they had to borrow from friends to get their tickets booked in a train on Thursday.