Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Sports Council is taking steps to close down 16 sports hostels in the state.
The action follows the result of recommendations received from expert committee that visited 102 hostels run by the council in the State. The KSSC has, in principle, accepted the recommendations of the committee.
The reasons for closing down the hostels ranges from poor food given to trainees to unhygienic conditions.
The sports trainees themselves have raised complaints against running of these hostels. The hostels facing closure are attached to schools and colleges. Sportspersons studying in these hostels can opt for other hostels of their choice.
The council will make arrangements for sportspersons who wish to continue their studies in the same schools or colleges.
The expert panel included KSSC vice-president Mercy Kuttan and governing body members M.R.Renjith and George Thomas.
The panel graded hostels after inspection and found only 11 hostels got the A grade. Fifty hostels received B grade while 23 hostels which got C grade have been issued warning. Eighteen hostels received only D grade.
The hostels were asked to improve facilities.
The panel has recommended to the council to start model sports hostels in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. It has also recommended centralized sports hostels in each districts.