The city now has an international-standard hockey surface. Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal inaugurated the Rs 7-crore Astroturf stadium here on Sunday.
With a pavilion capacity of 1,500 and 10 VIP rooms for players and coaches, the new hockey complex is fitted with imported Astroturf alone worth Rs 4 crore. The stadium at Brijindra College opened with the 21st All-India Baba Farid Gold Hockey Cup tournament. Local member of parliament Parmjeet Kaur Gulshan and legislator Deep Malhotra were present.
Sukhbir announced to float hockey leagues in Punjab. "Wherever we have laid Astroturf in Punjab, we have decided to create hockey leagues," said the deputy CM. "We plan to deploy world-level coaches there to train players who might play in the next Olympics. We want to regain our pride in the sport."
The competitors in the league will get world-class training and facilities, and the Punjab government will cover their expenses and maybe hold international hockey matches in the state, Sukhbir has stated. He visited Faridkot on Sunday on the concluding day of the five-day Baba Farid Agman Purb celebrations.