The Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA) has unveiled an ambitious plan to build a ‘Sports City’ on the outskirts of Bangalore. Speaking after the KOA’s AGM here on Sunday, its president K. Govindaraj revealed that although matters were in their infancy, three parcels of land had been identified and the Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs spoken to.
“We have identified land near Chikkaballapur, Kolar and on Mysore Road — all within 80km of the city,” he said. “We want it to be of international standard, minimum 40 to 50 acres in area, with facilities for all sports.” Although nothing has been formalised yet, the KOA has a three-year time-frame in mind.
Govindaraj remained hopeful of grants from the state government for sports. Requests had been made to the Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, he said, for improvements to infrastructure, and to various ministries for jobs. “The budget did not have any specific announcement but the CM has promised to look into it in the supplementary budget,” he said. “The Home Minister has listened to our request for jobs in the police department. We also need to upgrade the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. It’s in a pathetic condition.”
At the AGM, five new bodies were inducted into the KOA as members — the State Wushu, Riding, Netball, and Kho-Kho associations, and Hockey Karnataka — to take the total number of units to 23.
An amendment was also approved to form district Olympic associations, pending approval from the Registrar of Societies. Meanwhile the KOA also felicitated and gave away an award to Indian hockey player S.V. Sunil.