The National Boxing Academy is set to begin operations at the Rajiv Gandhi State Sports Complex from April, after a team from the Sports Authority of India (SAI), its managing authority, inspects the premises sometime this month or the beginning of the next.
The SAI, which is a central-government body, has already posted one of its deputy directors, Satish K Sarhadi, as the chief operating officer of the NBA.
"At the NBA, we can accommodate accommodating 120 men and women, under sub-junior, junior and senior categories. The athletes will be selected through proper trials of boxing aspirants who have at been consistent performers and winners at the national level," said Sarhadi, who has been transferred from Mumbai for this job.
He added that the academy would cater to the players' need of providing boarding, lodging, technical as well as professional training under one roof.
"We will hold national and international events and trainees here would also get a chance to go abroad for the specialised training for boxing," he added.
An Australian university had been chosen as the knowledge partner and international experts will also be roped in, he added.
A ten-member board headed by director general, sports, SAI would take all the decisions in managing, running the NBA here.
"The SAI plans to focus on other sports, once we get this venture off to a good start," he added. Other plans include a sports science centre and running of a skill development certification course.
Dronacharya awardee Jagdish Singh, who was present on the occasion of NBA CEO's first visit said,
"We will provide the trainees at the academy the best coaches and there will be a coach for 10 athletes. This will help us raise and get the required level of performance in our trainees."