Hassan sports hostel is ready

Minister for Textiles, Sports and Youth Services Gulihatti Shekhar will inaugurate the sports hostel near the stadium here on Thursday in the presence of district in-charge Minister B.N. Bache Gowda.

The hostel was constructed by the District Youth Services and Sports Department at a cost of Rs. 1.03 crore over 2 acres.

According to the District Youth Services and Sports Officer N.D. Jayaram, the Centre had sanctioned 27 sports hostels for Karnataka, including the one at Hassan, which is the first to be completed.

The construction of this hostel started in August 2009 and was completed in record time. The hostel can accommodate 100 — 50 men and 50 women. Students would be trained here in hockey and volleyball. At present 34 students are undergoing training at the District Youth Services hostel. This year 50 students would be selected from all taluks.

Free boarding

Although, boarding is free, the selected students have to pay a caution deposit of Rs. 1,000 each that would be refunded when they leave. Each student would be provided with a sports kit and would receive education at the nearby Adichunchanagiri High School.

The two-storeyed hostel has, among others things, dormitories, two TV rooms, two reading rooms, a library, a tuition hall, solar water heating, UPS, a well-equipped kitchen and a dining hall.

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