Skating a runaway hit in CB Pur

Untapped potential

As sports pick-up followers, skating is quietly catching up among children and youth alike in the district.

For the last one year, skating is being practised in the city where children and even senior citizens are passionately taking part in the sport.

At the recent State-level skating championship, a few skaters from the district have won several prizes. They are even going places participating in contests.

Credit must be given to a few youths who introduced the sport in the district. What was an individual hobby earlier, has registered growth to the extent that the town now has a club offering training in skating. A few talented skaters established the Chikkaballpur District Rural Skaters’ Association  at the taluk-level. This move has encouraged many to take up the sport and many are being trained in the sport. Four classes are conducted in a week in the taluk.

“For the past one year, children and senior citizens are being trained here at the Indian Public School premises and Citizens Club as there are no skating rinks here,” said association secretary Mohammed Zabiulla. Although these places are not spacious enough, the participants would not mind  learning, he added. He hoped the club will soon have a skating rink as it would encourage many to master the sport. “At least 50 people can be trained if a rink is available,” he added.

The association has already registered with the District Youth Services and Sports Department. The club members have urged the district administration to provide them with space at the Sir M Visvesvaraya district stadium which is under construction here.

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