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Synthetic track at ANU next summer

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Soon Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) will wear a new look with the laying of the 400-metre synthetic track, the first in new Andhra Pradesh, according to varsity Physical Director Y. Kishore, here on Friday.

The long-cherished dream of athletes from Krishna and Guntur is all set to be realised as the survey to lay the track will be completed in a couple of weeks and in the next five months the all-weather track will be ready for the athletes to dash off the starting-blocks.

“The track will be laid by National Building Construction Corporation Limited (NBCCL), an empanelled outfit of the Government of India, with an estimated cost of Rs. 6.86 crore. The Ministry of Sports has sanctioned Rs. 5.5 crore and the rest is funded by the varsity,” says Mr. Kishore, from the sidelines of the Central Zone Inter-State Badminton Tournament held at the varsity indoor stadium.

The track, once laid, will attract many premier events, both national and international, as the varsity is centrally located. “The new capital city — Amaravati — is just 15 kms away and it is an added advantage to the university.”

Weightlifting hub

The varsity is also gradually transforming into a weightlifting hub with the effective functioning of the Centre for Excellence in weightlifting in its campus. “Twenty best lifters from Andhra Pradesh, including 10 from ANU, are training hard under the tutelage of former Sports Authority of India (SAI) coach Amarnath. The trainees include all India varsity medallists and world university participants,” Mr. Kishore pointed out. He said soon the varsity will get a separate building for weightlifting from the funds donated by Mr. Chalasani Balaramaiah of CBR Academy of Sports based at Kethanakonda.

Nine platforms

“The building will have nine platforms with latest equipment along with provision for video cameras to help coaches to fine-tune the grey areas of the trainees.”

The cash incentives are also helping the trainees to pursue with determination. “We are offering Rs. 5,000 per month for a medallist in the all India varsity meets and Rs.10, 000 for participants in the World Universities events.”The triumph of Inderjeet Singh in the shot put event in the 2015 World University Games at Gwangju (South Korea) came as icing on the cake for the all the efforts of the university to promote sports and games.

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