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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Centre of Excellence for Badminton: Engineering Dept yet to discuss matter

Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 7

The proposal to convert the Sports Complex at Sector 38 (West) into Centre of Excellence for Badminton has made no development as the plan to make some building changes at the arena is still stuck with the UT Engineering Department.

Earlier this year, considering the achievements of local trainees, an exclusive centre for badminton coaching was proposed, which would function under the UT Sports Department. For this, a dedicated sitting area, a warm-up area, tuck shops and other minor changes at the arena were proposed.

The facility has not only produced many international players, but has hosted major national ranking championships.

Mukesh Anand, Chief Engineer, UT Administration, was unavailable for comment. However, another official, requesting anonymity, said the Engineering Department was waiting to hold discussions with the Sports Department.

"We are yet to discuss the matter. The Covid-19 pandemic has delayed things and we are trying to work on it as soon as possible. Except swimming pool, minor changes can be made to have more space for players, coaching staff and visitors. The pool can be also used by shuttlers for fitness purposes, which makes this centre convenient in terms of coaching under-one-roof programme," said a source in the Engineering Department.

"The complex lacks adequate facility to adjust spectators, seating area for players and needs to have more facilities such as space for recovery of players, etc. During championships, many parents and spectators come here to watch their wards playing. However, since it's an indoor sport, only limited people are allowed inside," said an official of the UT Sports Department.

from The Tribune

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