Haryana Government has decided to set up Gymnastic Academy in Ambala 22-02-2015
Chandigarh, February 22—Determined to give spread sports culture a spread in the state, the Haryana Government has decided to set up Gymnastic Academy in Ambala which would house up to 100 children, and two indoor stadia in every district at the cost of Rs 1 crore. It also plans to hire international coaches to train probables for Olympics 2016. This was disclosed after the launch in Ambala today of “Khelega Haryana-Badhega Haryana’, a programme that seeks to spread awareness about the importance of health and fitness in life by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal. He also announced the decision to lay football astro-turf and synthetic track for athletics at the War Heroes Memorial Stadium in Ambala Cantt. Underlining the importance of sports and exercises in life, the Chief Minister urged the people to make sports an inseparable part of their lifestyle, and include it in their daily routine. No extra time is required for it; all that one needs to do is time management.One can always take some time out in the morning or evening on Saturday and Sunday for sports and exercises. The Chief Minister also congratulated the Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Mr. Anil Vij, for the commendable achievements made by state players in the National Games in Kerala where Haryana secured the second position in the medals tally by bagging 107 medals, including 40 golds, 40 silver and 27 bronze. He hoped that our players would continue to maintain such outstanding performance in future. “At times due to adverse circumstances, one goes astray in life and takes to drugs which leads to one’s downfall. We have to keep our youth away from such ill practices and sports can play an important role in this. One needs sound body for a sound mind which we can achieve only by playing games”, Mr Manohar Lal said. On this occasion, he announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for refreshment for participating students. The Chief Minister and Mr Vijlater joined the youth of Ambala in the marathon. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Anil Vij said that the objective behind the marathon was to spread awareness about the importance of sports and keeping healthy. The state government has formulated a new sports policy which is also a physical fitness policy. It seeks to encourage the youth to take to sports not merely for medals but also for ensuring physical fitness. He announced that probable participants in the Olympic Games 2016 would be given intensive coaching by employing international coaches. A special coaching camp is being organized for them. He hoped that Haryana would break all previous records in the medals tally in the Olympic Games 2016. Mr Vij said that there was a slogan in the earlier sports policy ‘Padak Lao-Pad Pao’ which had no concern for the promotion of sports and sportspersons. They took care of only such players as bagged medals with their hardwork. “On the contrary, we are working with the intension of providing best sports infrastructure, nurseries academies, coaches and training to children”, he added. Those present on this occasion included MLAs Mr. Aseem Goyal, Mr.Nayab Singh Saini, Commissioner Ambala division, Mrs. Neelam P.Kasni, Director Sports Mr Jagdeep Singh, a number of sportspersons and officers of district administration.