Tennis star Leander Paes plans sports academy in Puducherry

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To nurture talent: Tennis star Leander Paes calling on Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam in Puducherry on Monday. —
To nurture talent: Tennis star Leander Paes calling on Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam in Puducherry on Monday. —

Staff Reporter

To make another visit for further discussions

PUDUCHERRY: The territorial administration will provide all assistance to tennis star Leander Paes for establishing a Sports Science Medicine Training Centre in Puducherry, Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam has said. He had a discussion with Paes in his chamber on Monday.

Mr. Vaithilingam told The Hindu that Paes had sought the government’s assistance in establishing the centre. “We have an open mind and will provide all assistance. From the government’s side, we have put forward certain suggestions,” he said.

Shortly after meeting the Chief Minister, Paes told reporters that he planned to establish the centre through his sports company, Brand Leander.

The centre aimed at providing scientific training to potential candidates in all Olympic events.

Stating that it would not be appropriate to divulge more details as the project was in the initial stage, Paes said, “I wanted to establish a platform to nurture and share my experience gained over the years.This could help to produce more sports talents in the country. Whatever talent we have should be passed on to children, who are the next generation. We must harness the innate talent of the youth and they can be brought on a par with Olympic standards.”

On why he selected Puducherry for establishing the centre, the tennis star said, “It’s the location. There are not so many distractions and it is full of pure energy.”

Paes said that he would soon make another visit to Puducherry for further discussions.

He also held discussions with Minister for Public Works M.O.H.F. Shahjahan.



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