There are 22 sports hostel for boys in the city. However, there is no separate sports hostel for girls. Sportswomen only are allotted a couple of floors in the men’s hostels. Many of them say they are not comfortable in sharing the space.
As per the Sports Authority of India (SAI), only 10-12 rooms are allotted to girls in each hostel.
‘I am from Mangalore. I came to Bangalore last year for hockey coaching. I stay in PG. There are many issues for girls who are not getting hostel facilities. Many girls quit sports because of this reason.’ said Madhuri, a hockey player.
Every year the government allocates budget for sports. Even then there is no separate girls’ hostel. This year, the government granted Rs. 6 crores for sports in the state budget. Some players also quit from their coaching.
‘I quit sports because every day I had to travel from Mysore to Bangalore for training. My parents told me to not go for coaching. There is no separate hostel building for us. There are only two floors allotted for girls where everyone cannot adjust. Either we have to choose some other way or we have to quit.’ said Sakshi, basketball player.
There are many problems faced by girls because of no separate hostel like they have to share common washrooms with boys.
‘I don’t think it is a good option to stay in PGs just for sports. She cannot travel daily from Mysore to Bangalore for training and then come back. There are fewer hostel facilities for girls. She can play basketball in Mysore now.’ said Rajjan, father of a basketball player.
Department of Youth and Empowerment says that earlier girls get accommodated in different floors in boys’ hostels but now the provision has been made to make 10 separate hostels for them. They say they will be ready in a year or two.
“The number of girls in sports is very less and because of no separate hostels many of them face problem. Many players come from villages to Bangalore for practice but they do not get proper facilities. That is why we have fewer girl players than boys,” said Gautam BS, basketball coach.
Officials from SAI also say that they are planning to construct new hostels for girls.
‘We are planning to make separate hostels for girls. Nowadays many girls are coming forward to play different sports, there are many cities where players are not getting proper facilities and we are trying to give them that. The Government allocated Rs. 6 crores for sports in 2019-20 budgets and DYEs are planning to make 10 separate hostels for them,’ said Siddhartha, administrator, Sports Authority India.
However, as of now, the lack of hostel facilities in the city is an obstacle to for the girls to build a future in sports.