THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, on Wednesday, inaugurated the newly re-laid synthetic track at the University Stadium here.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said though the Kerala athletes were doing well at the National level, little could be done to ensure quality training to them all these years. However, the Government will soon take steps to remove the lacunae putting in place a special scheme for providing intensive training to the talented athletes.
Citing the various schemes proposed to be undertaken by the Government this year in connection with the observance of 2010 as the ‘Year of Sport’, Mr. Achuthanandan hoped the entire sports community would rise to the occasion to ensure all the projects were implemented effectively.
The Chief Minister said the government would take all steps to lay a similar facility at the Medical College ground in Kozhikode. Mr. Achuthanandan also hoped that the State would be able to conduct the 35th National Games in a befitting manner.
Education Minister M.A. Baby presided. Sports Minister M. Vijayakumar distributed the mementoes to former students of the Kerala University who had won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Dronacharya award and Arjuna award. K.M. Beenamol, D. Chandralal, Padmini Thomas, George Thomas and P.J. Joseph received the mementoes from the Minister.
The function was preceded by a mass run by the athletes of the Kerala University and an eye-catching aerobic display by the students of the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Kariyavattom.
The University Vice-Chancellor, A. Jayakrishnan, the Kerala State Sports Council president, T.P. Dasan, Syndicate members, A.. Rasheed, C. Bhaskaran, V.P. Unnikrishnan, M.P. Russel, J.S.Shijukhan and Registrar, K.A. Hashim were present.
The track has been re-laid at a cost of Rs. 2.76 crore.