To provide a complete overhaul to the entire sporting scene in the state, the Punjab sports department is all set to launch ‘Sports Excellency Programme’ by the end of January. The programme will have one of its kind curriculum.
According to the top officials in the department, the health of sports in the state is likely to improve in the coming years, as a specific sports promotion programme is in the pipeline, which would assist in improving overall medal tally of athletes in major sporting platforms, such as Olympic games and asian games.
Punjab sports director Tejinder Singh Dhaliwal, said, “We are almost done with the formalities of the excellency programme, which will be launched by the last week of January.”
He said, “The programme will be focused at nurturing talent at grassroots level by providing them with better diet, accommodation and professional training by local and foreign coaches. The selected players will be a part of an exchange programme, in which they will be trained overseas with international teams and clubs.”
“We have also decided to open six new sports centres in various parts of the state (initially big cities will be part of it) to tap the regional talent and further train them at these centres,” Dhaliwal said.
Share the purpose behind introducing such a massive sports overhauling programme, Dhaliwal said, “Despite having a pool of talent in the state, we fail to produce results on major international platforms. So, the end objective of the entire programme is to improve out medal tally.”
Mass participation will also be taken up with utmost seriousness with focus largely remaining on children.
“Establishing a small indoor stadium in all 147 blocks in the state with each having three sports trainers will also be executed as part of the programme, which is set to operationalise from March 31. The proposal for the same has been already sent to the respective sports heads of the districts.”
Hockey olympian Sukhveer Grewal, whose name has been proposed to be the director of the programme, said, “The whole idea behind launching the excellency programme on a massive scale is to develop a sporting culture in the state in line with the European and western countries.”
“The next step would be to identify the inclination of each kid towards a particular sport and then provide him/her basic training before introducing to a more advanced training under the aegis of highly scientific professional training through professional foreign coaches,” Grewal said.