Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh has written to Union sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal asking him to consider bringing a Chakar-based sports academy under the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
Sher-e-Punjab Academy, based in Chakkar, has produced talent of national and international repute and trained several players at the grassroots level.
Singh stated in his letter that the academy was established in 2006 by two football coaches to encourage rural talent. They later introduced boxing and kabaddi in the academy. The academy currently trains more than 300 athletes.
Apart from earning accolades at international level, the players have won more than 300 recognitions at district, state and national platforms. Mandeep Kaur Sandhu, a trainee of the academy, recently won two gold medals at the World Junior Boxing Championship.
The academy uses its own resources for training players but they receive no support from the government. The academy needs better infrastructure to train its players in a better way.