RSC to construct Multipurpose mini-stadium

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Kochi, Nov 14 (UNI)Regional Sports Centre(RSC) would build a multipurpose mini-stadium at an estimated cost of Rs six crore as part of its preparation to host the 2010 National Games, which had been allotted to Kerala.

Talking to newspersons here today, RSC Secretary Sunil K Mathai said the new complex with a total area of 44,000 sq ft would accommodate one baskeball court or volleyball court, five badminton courts or six table tennis tables, conference hall, a table tennis hall with four tables and car parking for about 120 cars in two floors.

Dr Mathai said the Centre would bid for the conduct of badminton, table tennis, basketball and tennis matches for the National Games, which would spread across Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode in the State.

RSC will approach the State Government and Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry(KCCI) to fund the project.

In its bid to give an impetus to the coaching centres under RSC, the Centre had roped in Arjuna awardee and NIS coach Wilson Cherian for its swimming coaching centre, he said.

The Centre would revamp the Badminton Academy by recruiting a foreign coach either from Indonesia, Malaysia or Denmark, he added.

''Inspite of the global recession, RSC had identified sponsors to the tune of Rs 10 lakh toward the salary of the foreign coach, which would be around 2,500 dollars per month,'' he said.

The Centre would honour an outstanding sportperson from the district with a citation and cash prize of Rs 10,000 every year, he added.

The Centre had also constituted a two-member sub-committee to study the working of other academies for tennis, table tennis, basketball, football, chess and billiards and snooker.

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