Infrastructure and quality training are important to developing sportspersons of world-class stature, said W.I. Dawaram, president, Tamil Nadu Athletic Association.

Identifying talented youngsters and training them in sports that suit their physical attributes was vital to achieve success at the highest level, he said after releasing an international research journal on health, fitness and sports sciences brought out by the research department of physical education and sports sciences of National College, here on Wednesday.

K. Balamurugan, Regional Passport Officer, received the first copy of the journal in the presence of K.S. Mohamed Nizamuddin, former international triple jumper; M.S. Nagarajan, director, Special Olympics, South Asia Pacific; and M.A. Maluk Mohamed, principal, MAM College of Engineering. Eminent personalities participated in a debate on ‘Sports in India, now and hitherto’ that followed.

Later in the day, a workshop on latest trends in sports sciences featured talks by Kannan Pugazhendi, sports physician, on ‘rehabilitation programme in sports injuries’, and by C. Samuel Chelliah, youth officer and head, NSS Regional Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, on ‘sportive leadership.’

According to D. Prasanna Balaji, director and head, research department of physical education and sports sciences, National College, the journal, a fact-finder, will help in promoting physical education while serving as a resource for research.