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Bokaro students game for on-field action

- From cricket to archery, summer camps with focus on sports are flavour of the season

Summer has never been more exciting for schoolchildren of Bokaro.

It will be all play and no studies for the young brigade during vacation as a host of activities beckon them in the form of summer camps.

A cricket coaching camp, organised by Bokaro Cricket Association, kicked off at the trainees’ hostel grounds on Tuesday with more than 275 students in the age group of 8 to 19. Divided into four groups, the children will pick up vital tips from experts and coaches Sanjay Pandey, Rajesnhwar Singh, A.K. Garg and Sanjiv Ranjan till May 30.

Another 500 have already registered for the camp to be hosted by Bokaro steel plant’s sports and civic departments from May 22 to June 7. Not just cricket, they will be able to dabble in 14 other disciplines — archery, swimming, athletics, badminton, table tennis, football, volleyball, basketball, handball, hockey, kabaddi, kho-kho, karate and weightlifting.

The games will be played at Sector IX cricket ground, Sector IV sports complex, Mohan Kumarmangalam Stadium, Sector III sports ground, Sector II ground and Russian club swimming campus at Sector IV-C.

Chief of communications of Bokaro steel plant Sanjay Tewary said they started hosting summer camps about 16 years ago to offer a much-needed break to children. “We have registered a record number of participants this year. We have introduced archery while cricket and swimming continue to be the hot favourites,” he said.

Apart from valuable tips, the children will take home certificates of participation, Tewary added.

The sports department is also hosting camps in five games — athletics, volleyball, basketball, football and taekwondo — from May 25 till June 5. The venues are Kala Kendra II, St Xavier’s grounds, Chinamaya School and DAV School. “The camp is open for students in the age group of 10 to 16 years. More than 200 children have already registered,” said district sports officer Sarwar Imam.


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