State sports policy to be unveiled soon, says Ranjan

Committee will audit sports fund utilisation in all districts

Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs M P Appachu Ranjan has said that Rs two crore will be released shortly for the construction of an international standard swimming pool, at district stadium in Ajjarkadu.

right direction: State Youth Service and Sports Minister Appachu Ranjan inspects Mahatma Gandhi District Ground at Udupi on Tuesday. MLA K Raghupathy Bhat is seen. DH Photo

Speaking to mediapersons, after chairing a meeting to review facilities provided to the students in sports hostels, the minister said the swimming pool is likely to cost four crore.

He said that the department is contemplating to introduce state ofthe art facilities in the sports hostel and build well equipped stadiums in all districts.

 He added that 11 districts in the state have stadiums with good facilities, and 23 districts have sports hostels.

Sports policy

He said that a sports policy is being framed. The policy will be finalised within two months.

The policy will touch upon physical parametres like height and weight while  admitting students to sports hostels. He  added that the students will be trained up to 10th standard as against the present seventh standard.

The sports policy will stress on minimum five per cent job reservation and a bill on the same will be tabled in the legislature, the Minister added.

He said that there is shortage of coaches in the state. There are only 93 coaches and steps have been taken to recruit 290 coaches.

 Appointment of foreign coaches is also under consideration.

Committee

The minister said that measures will also be taken to check the proper utilisation of funds released from the government to provide sports amenities.

A separate committee will be formed in each district to look into fund allocations and other issues related to sports.

The committee will have representatives from government, sports field and also from journalist fraternity. Deputy Directors and Joint Directors will be appointed at divisional and regional level.

The minister said that the insurance programme for sports personnel— ‘Kreeda Sanjeevini’,will be extended to all districts. In Udupi, only 24 sports persons have been picked up under the programme.

There is a scope to include  300 sports persons under the programme in each district.  He said that a cycling track (velodrome) will be built at Bijapur.

The Minister said that he will conduct surprise visits to the hostels in the coming days, to assess the quality of food and infrastructure facilities.

Badminton centre     MLA Raghupathy Bhat said that Karnataka Badminton Academy has chosen Udupi as the second KBA centre in the state for development. A 20 days camp will be organised for 50 players and a permanent coach will be appointed.

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