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Punjab to organise special sport camps

Posted on Dec 08, 12:36PM | UNI

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the state sports department is all set to organise special camps for various sports like Football, Volleyball, Wrestling, Hockey and Athletics to ensure inclusion of Punjabi players in National teams representing country in international events.

Addressing a gathering of Kabaddi fans thronged local Nehru Stadium to witness Kabaddi matches of 3rd world cup kabaddi, Badal said the SAD-BJP government was fully committed to encourage sports in a big way to channelize the youth energy for sports thereby saving them from falling prey to drugs.

He said that the state government has already implemented a sports policy aimed to create world class sports infrastructure besides taking number of initiative for the welfare of sports person. He said the special camps would be organized under the supervision of expert coaches and former renowned players to increase the representation of Punjabi players in various national teams. He said that the state government had already constructed/renovated 14 multipurpose/hockey stadiums at the cost of Rs.200 crore and announced to construct a world class floodlit stadium in Rupnagar to give a big boost to the sports activities in the area.

He said he was overwhelmed by the encouraging response to the Kabaddi as more and more countries were vying for taking part in world cup Kabaddi. He said that his top most priority was to include Kabaddi in Common Wealth and Asian Games before making a claim for Olympic and he was quite confident that this target would be achieved with in next 6 years.