'Make swimming mandatory in schools'

'Make swimming mandatory in schools'

Speaking at a meeting on lack of aquatic infrastructure in Mangalore city here, he said there is a need to use the existing facilities wisely. Sports and swimming must be made mandatory in schools.

There is a need to develop a concept of sharing the pools, so that pools can be maintained well with the revenue collected. There is dearth of facilities in Mangalore, he added.

Association Honourary Secretary T D Vijayaraghavan said Mangalore has contributed many swimmers to the State. However, now the number is dwindling. Systematic school programmes on swimming and development of aquatic infrastructure is missing in the city. Mangalore which is developing at a faster rate has only one swimming pool.

Mangalore city requires atleast two more pools to train the talents. Mangalore requires eight lane 50 metres pool to conduct national and international competitions. Most of the Municipal swimming pools are leased out for maintenance in Bangalore, which is working out well.

IGP (Western range) Gopal Hosur said “under PPP model, atleast two more swimming pools can be developed in the city. We need to develop the infrastructure and bring in competitive spirit.”

MCC Commissioner Vijaya Prakash said there is a proposal to set up swimming pool in Emme Kere, Urwa Store and near KPT. He assured to discuss the matter with the Mayor and do best to provide all the support. The Corporation can make arrangements to provide concession to the sports athletes at the pool.

MUDA Commissioner Ramesh said land has been allotted for the swimming pool in Emme Kere. However, the proposal remains pending for the last 10 years. The Mangala swimming pool is utilised fully in the City. Maintenance is also being done by the MCC.

In-charge Deputy Commissioner Prabhakar Sharma said the available infrastructure needs to be exposed to all those who are interested in swimming. It is true that Mangala swimming pool is overcrowded. “We need to take into confidence the owners of private swimming pools in the city and give an opportunity for the enthusiasts to avauil the facility till a fulfledged swimming pool comes up in the City.”

Sadananda Pai said swimming must be started at very young age. The involvement on the part of the children and parents are essential for success in swimming.

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