Gill visualises a sports varsity at Bangalore

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: A sports university in Bangalore could well be a reality if Dr. M.S. Gill, the Union Sports Minister, has his way.

Impressed with the vast space and the facilities available at the Sports Authority of India, South Centre here, the minister expressed that he would work towards getting a university on the likes of those at Beijing and Hungary.

“We have one at Gwalior (LNCPE) and it’s doing well over the years. But then there is a lot of talent in south and a sorts university with quality academics, coaching and facilities could well enhance our chances in the future games” said Dr. Gill, who was in the City to inaugurate the 100 bed new hostel for elite women campers at the SAI premises.

“It’s a thought that came to me on my way here. Alongside the Bangalore University this place has the serenity and infrastructure to bloom into a much bigger and better place in all aspects. So why not an university for sports? And I will convince the Government for the need for one” said the minister.

In regard to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, the minister assured that all efforts are in place and the stadia and other amenities will be in place. “Everything is going as per schedule,” he assured.

With over Rs. 700 crore allotted for various sports for a three year period ahead of the CWG, every effort is being made to garner more medals.

The minister also promised to enhance the pensions for former sportspersons and promotions for senior coaches so as to get more coaches into the stream of things.

Gulihatti D. Shekar, the State minister for Textiles and Youth Services and Sports too, lauded the efforts of adding on more facilities to the existing ones.

“Our Elite sportspeople need all the comforts to perform at the highest level and we will ensure that those are provided” said the Mr. Shekar.

The Director General of SAI, Sian Chatterjee added that there are proposals to add more facilities to this SAI complex, with more rooms for men and women alike, besides upgrading of the shooting range and other important facilities.

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