In an effort to encourage sports in the state a 100 crore project of State Institute of Sports (PIS) at Mohali promises to produce national and international players from Punjab.
The institute has been set up with an objective to provide specialised training to sportspersons and is unique since it offers hostel facilities to those promising players who can make it to prominent sporting events like Asian, Commonwealth and Olympic games.
Youth being encouraged to participate in Sporting Activities
The effort has paid its dividends and this is creating a large number of sportsmen from the state, who are further making the state proud by participating in several national and international players. Officials say the purpose of setting up sports institute is to groom those who are seriously into sports and have the will to compete for all kinds of events.
The best part of the institute is that those undergoing training are being trained by some famous coaches, both international and Indian. Those availing services at PIS are ensured the best and nutritional diet besides accommodation in the best quality hostels. This kind of exposure is important for getting the right kind training which goes a long way in getting the push to compete at international sporting events.
The facility is provided free of cost and this further makes it more exciting, but we also introspect how sports budget of the state has also been going up. Further, besides ongoing construction of different stadiums across the state, there are 6 hockey stadiums spread all over Punjab.
The state government has also kept a provision for encouraging upcoming players in the state by earmarking Rs 16.5 crore budget for sports scholarships while another scheme promises to pay Rs 10,000 per annum per player to 1100 sportspersons excelling in recognized sports while Rs 5000 per annum player.
The government in an effort to assist sportsmen in getting employment has a provision of keeping some posts reserved for sportspersons.
Meanwhile the government is focusing on encouraging sports in the state and has even made an allocation of Rs 200 crore besides creating jobs to 125 persons. Kabaddi is also being promoted by the state through Kabaddi world cups.
Youth is being encouraged to come forward and form youth clubs and over 3000 sportspersons in several sporting activities.
The state government had last month organised games in seven cities across the state which got a tremendous response especially in Ludhiana where 1850 sportspersons participated. The government gave away prizes to the tune of Rs 3 crore to winners while a sum of Rs 7.5 crore was spent on organizing the event.