Published On:March 6 2017
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SAI team to inspect Gachibowli sports complex.
Will Sports Authority of India Regional Centre in Hyderabad be a reality? It seems so with a high-level delegation of the SAI visiting the Gachibowli sports complex next week, thanks to the efforts of the Sports Authority of Telangana State Chairman, A. Venkateshwar Reddy.
Mr. Reddy had visited Delhi last week and had taken up the long-pending issue with the SAI Director General Srinivas Injeti and had even conveyed the Telangana Chief Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, agreeing in-principle for setting up the regional centre at Gachibowli sports complex.
It may be recalled here that this proposal has been on for years.
For long, Gachibowli has become a major source of revenue, especially the main stadium and the indoor stadium, with the authorities letting it out mostly for non-sporting activities with the specific intent of raising funds that at least takes care of maintenance costs for the whole complex. Even the multi-storeyed Games Towers, built during the World Military Games to accommodate athletes, has become a symbol of neglect despite spending crores of rupees on it. For the record, the SAI only has a sports training centre at Gachibowli which caters to a few disciplines, including badminton, hockey, athletics.
'The SAI team will inspect the venue and discuss the feasibility of setting up the centre before an MoU to be signed between SATS and the SAI in this regard,' Mr. Reddy informed.
The SATS Chairman insists that the regional centre should help the Telangana athletes in a big way. He cites the instance “of a talented boxer joining Army-run sports training centre in Pune recently for want of facilities and better coaches”. “Now, critics say he is one of the best medal hopes for India in the days to come,” Mr. Reddy said.