In the summer coaching camps to be organised during the coming month, thrust will be on games and sports earmarked under the PYKKA, the Krishna District Sports Authority has said.

Functioning under the guidance of SAAP, the District Sports Development Officer B. Sudhakar on Tuesday told The Hindu that kabaddi, kho kho, volleyball, football, weightlifting, taekwondo, boxing, athletics and archery were allotted to the district under the Central Government sponsored scheme.

“The primary aim of the scheme is to provide the elementary sports facility in each panchayat in the country and opportunities for the youth to engage themselves in sporting and physical fitness activities”, he said. The hidden talent in the youth can be identified in these camps, he opined. Talented youngsters could get admission into sports hostels and sports school to pursue their career chosen in a scientific and systematic manner. They could also represent their respective districts in the various inter-district tournaments, he added.

Emphasis would be more on boys and girls below 16 years. “The SAAP will provide the necessary equipment and pay Rs.1,000 as honorarium to the coaches serving in rural areas. All the SAAP coaches will be stationed at Vijayawada to monitor the camps,” he pointed out.

Mr. Sudhakar said that 20 camps would be organised in Vijayawada and in various rural areas. IGMC Stadium, Makineni Basavapunnaiah Stadium at Singh Nagar, DRRMC indoor stadium, Patamata indoor stadium will be the venues in Vijayawada. Camps would also be held in places such as Machilipatnam, Nuzvid, Vuyyuru, Jaggaiahpet, Mylavaram, Gannavaram, Gudivada, and Avanigadda.