Gopichand keen to popularise game in districts

Staff Reporter

Stadium costs Rs.1.64 crore with pooled funding

Rs. 85 lakh allotted for acoustics inside the stadium

NELLORE: National chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Monday underlined the need to popularise badminton in the districts and tap budding talent. He emphasised the need to appoint more coaches, quality infrastructure for developing the game.

Speaking to media persons at the inauguration of Anam Venkata Reddy indoor stadium at A.C. Subba Reddy sports complex here, Mr. Gopichand said, Nellore was well-equipped to host major tournaments as the newly-built stadium had all the necessary facilities to match the standards of Badminton Association of India (BAI).

“The stadium will promote the game in big way and soon we may find players from this district vying for a place in State teams,” he added.

Information and Public Relations Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy, along with District Collector M. Ravi Chandra and Zilla Parishad Chairman Kakani Goverdhan Reddy amidst fanfare, inaugurated the five badminton courts.

The stadium was built at a cost of Rs 1.64 crore with contributions from Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (Rs. 1.11 crore), Rajya Sabha MP funds (Rs. 20 lakh) and District Collector’s fund (Rs. 33 lakh). “We will be taking up water leak treatment at the roof. Rs. 85 lakh has been allotted for the acoustics treatment inside the stadium. A weld grill and brick wall around the stadium will be built at a cost of Rs 9.50 lakh for security and beautification purposes,” Mr. Rama Narayana Reddy said.

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