Legends to be part of Sahara Sports Academy

NEW DELHI, JUNE 1. Legends like Edwin Moses, Nadia Comaneci, Nawal el Moutawakel, Daley Thompson and Michael Johnson are to join Sahara Sports Academy as directors.

Besides them, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly attended a seminar on ``How to Adopt, Nurture and Develop Sports in India'' at the Amby Valley, Sahara Lake City this week. Dr. Vece Paes and a host of mediapersons were also present on the occasion.

Sahara India Pariwar chairman, Subrata Roy reiterated that sports had been a passion for him and emphasised on the need to assume a holistic approach for the development of sports and other sports-related activities in India.

He also outlined short and long term planning of Sahara India Pariwar to develop sports in India.

On a short-term basis, youngsters would be selected on a nationwide screening via the national federations and prominent sportspersons for the Sahara Sports Academy. These youngsters would then undergo specialised training, he said. Their education and future careers will also be taken care of in the academy.

Speaking on the occasion, Nawal el Moutwakel said "In my country, we build our coaching centres on a high altitude, thereby while the training is tougher, the results are stupendous."

Gymnastic legend Nadia Comaneci assured whenever needed, she would come to India to help the wards.

The academy's primary objective is sports for excellence by providing world-class facilities for competition, training, sports medicine, sports science, sports education, sports sponsorship and management.

The academy in Amby Valley would be the central centre providing academies for field hockey, soccer, cricket, tennis, golf, track and field, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, swimming and squash.

Sailing, rowing, shooting, archery, boxing, wrestling, weightlifting, gymnastics, martial arts, equestrian, polo and ice-skating also would be supported. — UNI