India’s first sports university will come up in the state with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy clearing a proposal made by the Sports and Youth Affairs Department on the matter on Thursday.

A blueprint for the institution would be prepared soon.

As part of the Government plan to encourage sporting activities, administrative sanction was issued for the construction of 87 new Greenfield sports stadia-cum-cultural centres at a cost of Rs. 288 crore, in addition to the 30 stadia being built.

Reviewing the issues of the department along with top officials, including sports secretary Luv Agarwal and vice-chairman and MD of the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh T. R. K. Rao, the Chief Minister instructed them to go ahead with the construction of the full-fledged and fall-facility stadia in each Assembly constituency. Each stadium must have an indoor facility to encourage the popular sport of the district concerned.

A press note issued by his office said 35 Assembly constituencies already have stadia while administrative sanction was issued for the construction of the same in 117 other constituencies. As such, the constituencies lacking this facility number 142.

Additional coaches

The Chief Minister said the post of additional coaches would be sanctioned to meet the requirement. He asked officials to ensure that more stadia came up in Hyderabad on the lines of the ones existing at Gachibowli, Saroornagar, Basheerbagh and Yousufguda.

The government also plans 87 sports stadia-cum-cultural centres