Udhagamandalam: The need to encourage students to become all rounder was emphasised by Olympian Anju Bobby George here on Saturday.
Participating as the chief guest in the 12th annual day celebrations of the Crescent School, she exhorted the teachers and parents to give equal importance to academics and sports.
Pointing out that it will stand them in good stead as they grow up, she said that the infrastructure for promoting sports should be constantly upgraded.
The Correspondent of the school, Umar Farook, presented the annual report. Ms. George distributed prizes to students who had excelled in various competitions. The headmistress, Joyce, proposed a vote of thanks. Interesting cultural programmes marked the occasion.
Later speaking to reporters, Ms. George said that since the conditions in this hill station were ideal for sportspersons a high altitude training centre should be established here.
She pointed out that the conditions were similar to those in some other parts of the world where international athletic meets were held.
Regretting that the facilities for development of sports and games in India were inadequate, she said that infrastructure like astro turf surfaces should be created. It will also help keep youngsters away from video parlours.
The talent in rural areas should be unearthed and tapped. In Tamil Nadu high priority was being accorded to development of sports. At the national-level more funds should be earmarked for promoting sports.