Schools urged to do their bit by allotting playing hours
Youngsters should make use of the sporting facilities provided by the municipal corporation and the district administration to improve their fitness and also make a mark in their chosen sporting segment at the national and international levels, said district Collector Rizvi here on Tuesday.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the annual summer camp organised by the District Sports Authority and the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation at IGMC stadium, Mr. Rizvi emphasised the importance of sporting activities for the overall development of youngsters.
“It is imperative that schools allotted playing hours sincerely to mould students as healthy human beings. Sport teaches youngsters the art of team work,” he added. He also said the State government was spending more money on improving the sporting infrastructure in the State.
VMC Commissioner G. Ravi Babu said the summer camp helped many administrators and coaches identify raw talent. “At the end of the month-long camp, we can select the best of players who would be eligible to play for the district and later for the State,” he added.
Krishna District Olympic Association secretary K.P. Rao said Krishna district had earned a distinct identify for producing many talented sportspersons who went on to play for India in several international events. “Vijayawada has produced players in shuttle badminton, archery, chess, weightlifting, kabaddi, volleyball, basketball, and table tennis, who donned the Indian colours. Most of them were the products of summer camps,” he said.
In-charge District Sports Development Officer G. Chinnaiah said SAAP coaches along with corporation coaches and senior physical education teachers would monitor the coaching aspect.
About 300 youngsters attended the inaugural function. Mr. Rizvi kicked a football to formally inaugurate the camp. Former District Sports Development Officer B. Sudhakar and Deputy VMC Commissioner Srinivasa Rao were present.