DENYING ANY friction or communication gap with the State Sports and Youth Welfare Department, Director General of Sports Authority of India (SAI) Ratan P Watal clarified that SAI was committed to the welfare of sports and always welcomed the promotion of sports activities.
During his visit to the City on Wednesday to review the progress being made at the SAI Centre Bishenkheri, he spoke to journalists.
He expressed satisfaction with the progress of work at the SAI Centre and said the roofing work would be completed by February 2007.
“Except for a few things the progress of work is satisfactory and in the right direction,” said Watal. According to sources, it will take two more years to complete entire work at the Centre. When asked about the Mayur Park Hostel vacating issue, Watal said he had written a letter to the State Sports Department clarifying the issue.
He, however, did not divulge the contents of the letter. “The letter is in response to the demand made by the State Sports Department asking that the Mayur Park hostel and others be vacated,” said Watal.
bout not supporting the department to open a men’s hockey academy at Aishbagh Stadium, he said the issue was under consideration. “The policy of the Union Government supporting the State Government has been dropped and there were factors for the cut,” he said.
SAI has received sanction to open 10 turfs in various interior places that itself suggests that SAI is always ready to support sports activities, he added.
According to SAI sources, the letter explained that the hostel had produced a number of national and international players and the presence of SAI at the hostel was in favour of welfare of sports.
About future construction and planning at the Bishenkheri Centre, Watal said a new 52-bedded hostel each for boys and girls would be constructed very soon.
1. Administrative blocks, sports science centre and data base library
2. A separate hostel for foreign coaches, guest house and shopping centre
3. 50 m swimming pool complex and diving pool
4. Synthetic track of 400m
5. Cricket ground