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Haryana Girls kick up Storm for Football

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Ambala: In the midst of football fever triggered by Euro 2016 and Copa America, young girls from Haryana aspiring to become footballers have sent out a strong message of dissent to the state government.

Early on Thursday morning some 50 girls from villages around Shahbad town mobbed state sports minister Anil Vij’s home. They were upset with him because he refused to listen to their demand for appointing a football coach in Kurukshetra district. The girls say that they have not had proper training for the past year.

The protest left many people surprised because it was girls demanding for some decent training in a sport largely dominated by boys and that too in a state that is infamous for its patriarchal ways. The 50-odd girls between 12 and 15 years even stopped Vij’s car for a while as he was preparing to leave for Chandigarh from his home at Sadar Bazaar area of Ambala Cantonment.

Accompanied by a handful of parents, the girls said that in the absence of a coach they were forced to sit idle at their training centre in Shahabad. They would ideally like to have a coach who would prepare them for competition. When officials accompanying Vij refused to give any assurance for their demand, they briefly stood in front of the car.