PKL would have damaged 'wood floor' of Sree Kanteerava Stadium, says state sports minister

Pramod Madhwaraj justified the decision to deny permission for the use of the stadium for Pro Kabaddi League.

A view of the renovated Sree Kanteeerava Indoor Stadium.   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

State sports minister Pramod Madhwaraj defended the decision to deny permission for the use of the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium for the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). Madhwaraj explained that hosting the PKL would damage the newly-laid maple wood floor at the venue. The flooring was installed in preparation for the FIBA Asia women’s basketball championship, which will be held at the same venue from July 23 to 29.

The Bengaluru-leg of the PKL was scheduled to commence here on August 4, but has now been moved to Nagpur. “If the PKL is held here, the wood floor will get damaged. After we are able to take precautionary measures to safeguard the floor, we will be able to offer the venue to any private league,” Madhwaraj said, at the FIBA Asia women’s basketball championship inauguration function held here on Thursday.

The minister added, “Also, kabaddi by itself is an outdoor game, not an indoor game.”

Madhwaraj stated that the venue has been booked until October, but could not list the events that would keep the stadium occupied.

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