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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Chandigarh may get football academy for girls

Deepankar Sharda

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19

In what may prove to be of great advantage to the UT Sports Department, the Ministry of Sports has chosen the Sector 42 Sports Complex for developing a centre of excellence.

Sources said besides a centre of excellence in hockey, the UT may get approval for boxing and rowing. In addition, the department may soon get a residential accredited academy of football for both boys and girls. So far, the city does not have a football academy for girls.

Earlier this year, the department had expressed interest in setting up a centre of excellence in hockey, boxing and rowing. A proposal for this was submitted to the Ministry of Sports, followed by another for getting an accredited Khelo India academy.

On October 15, the Ministry of Sports approved the formation of centre of excellence at Sector 42, while the allotment of disciplines is yet to be announced.

However, sources today claimed that the ministry has approved the disciplines and the department would get an official notification in a day or so.

"Yes, the Sector 42 sports complex has been chosen as a centre of excellence under Khelo India programme. We already had a hockey centre and now, we are looking for an of at least two disciplines. The proposal was sent for boxing and rowing. However, we are yet to receive any official confirmation particularly about selected disciplines," said Tejdeep Singh Saini, Director, Sports (UT). He further added, "If rumours are to be believed, we will also receive a nod for football academy. We are yet waiting for an official confirmation."

PK Mattu, Deputy Director, SAI Regional Centre, also said that the details were awaited.

from The Tribune

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