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VCCI pitches for sports institute
The Vizag Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) had urged the Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to pursue with the union government for a National Institute of Sports (NIS) on the lines of the one at Patiala in Punjab.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, the VCCI presi. dent A.V. Monish Row observed that the outstanding achievement of PV. Sindhu at the Olympics in Rio has captured the imagination of this country. Belonging to parents who hailed from coastal AP and later shifted to Secunderabad, Sindhu is an inspiration to thousands of budding athletes and school children. But she also embodies the possibilities in Sport.
“The medal won by Sindhu at Rio should act as a lasting legacy and inspire generations of our kids to get more active. Its a legacy for the people of this country as well as people of AP and we should use this achievement to create facilities to take our athletes to the next level. We refer to our submission made earlier this year regarding setting up of a Centre of excellence by NIS. We had taken up the matter with the PM for setting up a centre at Visakha-patnam that trains sportspersons for various sports disciplines,” he said.
Mr Monish Row further said that Vizag is the most ideal location as the city already has high quality facilities like in Indian Navy. Major public sector undertakings, several universities and colleges, abundant sea coast for teaching water based sports, hotels, international airport, train junction, confluence of several states close to Vizag like Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
“To build world-class facilities with sportsmedicine and sports science back ups, high level of coaching and intensive training with attractive educational opportunities and ancillary benefits as well as adequate domestic and overseas travel to participate in national and international competitions. Lets not waste the achievement of this wonderful athlete, lets inspire generations of Indians and catapult our country as a powerhouse in world sports. Let’s offer real opportunities for the sporting heroes of our country,” he said.