Giving wings to its ambitious plan “elite athletes' excellence programme” the Sports Authority of India (SAI) will identify a pool of young sportsperson from the hill state for medium and long distance running competition.
For the purpose, the SAI will organize a two-day trial at Dharamsala synthetic surfaced track on August 7-8 to identify male and female athletes.
The athletes between age group of 16 to 23 who have won medals in state school or national school competitions, junior and senior level, north zonal, inter- zonal or at All-India inter-university competitions will be eligible to take part in the trial for 3000-metre, 5000-metre and 10000-metre race.
The selection of any candidate will be based on his performance in the trial event. The selected athletes will be then awarded admission in the academy opening shortly in Thiruvananthapuram under the “Elite Athlete Excellence Programme.”
The trial coach MS Saini and KS Patial will select the athletes. This will not only give SAI a new bunch of budding sportspersons but also an opportunity to the talent of Himachal Pradesh desiring to participate in the international competitions.
SAI's northern zone director Ajit Singh told that it was for the first time that such trial was being held in Himachal.
“Being a high altitude region, people in Himachal have greater strength, stamina and energy- much needed in medium and long distance running,” said Singh, advising the budding athletes from Himachal to avail the opportunity.
SAI deputy director Amar Jyoti told that the athletes willing to participate in the trials should be present at Dharamsala synthetic track near SAI hostel.
“The athletes will not be paid any travelling allowance and they will have to make arrangements for their lodging too,” told Jyoti, adding that all the shortlisted athletes will be eligible for admission in the SAI academy at Thiruvananthapuram.