GUNTUR: The curtains came down on the annual summer coaching camp for children below 14 years conducted by the District Sports Authority on Friday. The month-long summer coaching camp saw as many as 1400 children being trained in 29 sporting disciplines, which included team and individual events. As many as 48 camps were conducted, including 20 in rural areas. The highlight of this year summer camp was the introduction of gymnastics, rifle-shooting, martial arts like karate, and board games like chess.
District Sports Development Officer P. Ramakrishna said that the response to these new events had been tremendous and assured that intensive coaching to talented sports persons would be continued.
At the Valedictory function held on the premises of B.R. Stadium here on Friday evening, District Collector (FAC) Kantilal Dande and Zilla Parishat Chairperson Kuchipudi Vijaya complimented the students for taking part in the summer camps. One can hone his skills in camps like these, which would also throw open a window of opportunity to budding sportspersons, they observed.
The ZP Chairperson has also assured that 3 per cent of sand cess collected throughout the district would be allotted to the development of sports and have her backing to several new initiatives.
The DSDO further said that about 200 prizes were distributed to encourage winners in competitions.
Regional Joint Director of Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) G. Chinnaiah, DSDP P. Rama Krishna, coaches and participants were present.