The photographs of cooked rice placed on the floor of a toilet in the sports stadium in Saharanpur have gone viral on social media, leading to a major controversy.

The ‘same rice’ was allegedly served to around 200 players who are taking part in a three-day state level U-17 girls’ Kabaddi tournament in Saharanpur district, which started on Friday (September 16).

Sports officer of Saharanpur, Animesh Saxena, dismissed the allegations, terming them as ‘baseless’.

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“The food served to players here is of good quality. Food, including rice, ‘dal’ and ‘sabji’ were cooked in large vessels in a traditional brick oven near the swimming pool,” he said.

A player at the camp said, “From the vessel, cooked rice was taken out in a big plate and was placed on the toilet floor near its gate. Next to the rice plate, were leftover ‘pooris’ on a piece of paper on the floor. The rice was then served to the players for lunch.”

A few players raised the matter before a stadium official. The official informed the sports officer, Animesh Saxena, who ‘reprimanded’ the cooks.

“There was a shortage of space and the food was cooked near the stadium pool,” the sports officer said.

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