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Punjab sports department to launch talent hunt: Sukhbir

chandigarh Updated: Aug 16, 2012 15:11 IST
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Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, on Wednesday said that Punjab is coming out with the comprehensive sports policy that would focus on nurturing grass root sports talent to prepare them for future international challenges.


Speaking to media persons after Independence Day function, Sukhbir said that poor performance of India in Olympics especially in the team events was just because of neglect of sports by Union government.

He said that it was matter of great concern that sports was the most neglected area and whosoever player has excelled in Olympics was just because of his individual efforts and not because of any support provided by Union government.

Ruing the dismal and shameful performance by India in Hockey, Sukhbir blamed the Union government for failing to address the rising factionalism in hockey federations that has left players confused.

He advised the Union government to take a lesson from China that has done so well in sports in just 15 years, because of their consistent and clear policy on sports.

"Punjab on its own level is coming out with the comprehensive sports policy that would focus on nurturing grass root talent. We are setting up sports school in every district and the first school in Ghuda is already operational" said Sukhbir, adding, state government would also engage the services of foreign coaches to provide specialized training to budding players.

He said that upcoming hockey stadium in SAS Nagar would have same blue Astroturf that was used in London Olympics.

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