Himachal must have its Sports Authority

Bhupinder Singh

Punjab government has given a green signal for constituting Sports Development Authority thus fulfilling its promise. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced a fund of one hundred crore for the authority to provide high quality training facilities to state’s sportspersons. Punjab will seek help from country’s best coaches in addition to involvement of foreign coaches in training camps.  Talks of constituting a sports development authority in Himachal are doing the rounds since 2004 but nothing concrete has been done at the ground level. Himachal has congenial atmosphere for sports promotion but lacks sports culture. No sportsperson has won a medal at Asian level after training in the state. Dhumal government had created world level sports infrastructure but there is no staff for its maintenance and coaches to train sportspersons. How can we expect our sportspersons to excel at national and international levels under such circumstances? Sports Authority of India was constituted in 1984 to take care of sports infrastructure created during 1982 Asian Games held in Delhi and later National institute of Sports was also merged in it. Its mandate today is to identify sports talent and their training programme besides arranging finances for overseas training of sportspersons. Himachal has sports infrastructure worth crores of rupees in its seven districts but it is not being utilized properly. Different sports federations in the state have no plan for training their sportspersons. Sports Department has failed to appoint even one coach at district level. Sports in Himachal will get a tremendous boost if the state constitutes it own Sports Authority. The nation can also save valuable foreign exchange that is being spent on training of sportspersons in USA and Europe. Himachal offers best climatic conditions for training of sportspersons and constitution of sports authority in the state can enhance the performance of sportspersons to higher levels.

June 14th, 2014


Readers’ Response

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