The Sports Authority of India (SAI)’s attempts to groom young talent seem to be paying off. SAI had recently decided to field its teams in national championships for five sports — football, hockey, basketball, handball and kabaddi — instead of releasing players for their respective states.

The latest achievement by SAI juniors was winning the junior National football championship for the B.C. Roy Trophy (Tier-II). The SAI under-17 boys’ team defeated Kerala in the final at Bokaro to qualify for the Tier-I next year.

SAI SAG trainee at Jagatpur, M. Amusana Devi, won the bronze at the just-concluded 15th senior Asian rowing championship in China while SAI trainees accounted for six golds and one bronze at the Asian schools track and field championship. P.U. Chitra won three gold medals while Jisha and Mohammed Afzal won two golds each. All are trainees at the SAI Extension Centre, Palakkad.

Congratulating the winners, SAI Director General Jiji Thomson has offered admission to all athletics medal winners at the SAI Centre of Excellence. — Special Correspondent

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