Kolkata, Feb 14 (PTI) Former Australian skipper SteveWaugh today unveiled a project for construction of the''International Sports City'' to be built at a site in Burdwandistrict of West Bengal, about 100 km from here.
Unveiling the project at a five star facility here, thetwo-time captain of the World Cup winning Australian teamsaid, "There has been significant changes in the sportingatmosphere and mindset of people in India in the last fiveyears."
"Sports is becoming more important to Indians andespecially after the IPL the young ones are getting hookedand looking out for opportunities in sports," Waugh said.
"The idea of building this sporting city is to utilisethe huge untapped potential of India in the sporting arena....
Besides, this will also enable children of families living inthe vicinity to focus on sporting activities," he said.
Asked whether he would take up the role of a coach forthe youngsters at the proposed complex, Waugh replied thatinitially he would oversee the setting up of the facilities.
"Afterwards I might chip in for coaching if required,"the Aussie star said.
Rahul Todi, Managing Director of Shrachi Group which isbuilding the facility, said the International Sporting Cityproject would be constructed at Renaissance township inBurdwan.
The township was being built by the leading real estategroup in collaboration with Waugh-owned ''Sporting Edge'' on 12acres of land.
Todi said initially they had plans to make facilities forcricket and football, the two most popular games in thecountry, at an investment of Rs 12-13 crore.
Subsequently they would also add tennis, basketball,swimming and other events in the sporting city with anadditional budget of Rs 15-20 crore.
"Besides children and youth from West Bengal, theyoungsters from neighbouring states like Jharkhand, Bihar,Orissa could avail the facility," Todi said.