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Punjab Govt hikes by 240 percent sports budget for school, college

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Chandigarh, Apr 25 (UNI) With special thrust on spotting out talent at the grassroot level, the state government has hiked its budget for sports wings in schools and college in the current financial year to Rs 1.5 crore from Rs 45 lakh last year.

Punjab Sports Director and former hockey Olympian Pargat Singh said the selection procedure for the sports wings was under progress and a committee comprising prominent sports personalities, including Olympian Col Balbir Singh (chairman), Brig Labh Singh, Sukhvir Singh Grewal and Olympian Rajbir Kaur, had been formed which was assisting in spotting out the right talent in the correct age groups.

''Once the selection procedure is over, a consolidated merit list will be prepared before allotting the seats in different schools.

More than 600 sports wings seats will be given to schools while the remaining seats will be allotted to different colleges,'' Pargat said.

''The selection trials in under-14, under-16 and under-19 have been completed in hockey, athletics, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, boxing, gymnastics and judo. The selected boys and girls are undergoing medical examinations at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala. Doctors from NIS Bangalore are conducting the medical tests in Patiala,'' he said.

More than 1000 players attended hockey trials conducted in Amritsar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar where astroturfs are available. As many as 750 budding runners took part in athletic trials in Jalandhar and Ludhiana.

Volleyball trials were organized at Malot and Jalandhar while the cagers were directed to report at Ludhiana. Gurdaspur and Jalandhar were the venues of judo and gymnastic trials.

Boxing trials were conducted at Sunam, Patiala and Jalandhar and wrestling trials were held in Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot. The selected players for the sports wings would be provided free education, hostel, training, sports equipment, medical facilities along with a diet of Rs 60 per player per day.

Meanwhile, Pargat has requested the Sports Authority of India to depute at least 56 coaches in Punjab. He has also sought coaches from the Punjab Police Department.

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