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Ailing sports hubs eye corporate facelift

Three years after Ranchi hosted the 34th National Games, the state sports department has started taking baby steps to revive fortunes of the ailing mega complex at Hotwar and other facilities constructed ahead of the sporting extravaganza.

The department last week released ads inviting private parties to set up training academies and a sports university at Hotwar and run them in partnership with the state government.

The sports department is also organising a conclave next month to interact with interested firms.

The move comes at a time when players representing Jharkhand in various disciplines are a dejected lot, turning cynical even, owing to lack of state support.

Earlier facelift attempts had yielded no response from private firms, thanks to ambiguity in partnership clauses and the state’s reputation of defaulting on payments.

However, the sports department is hopeful of striking the right chord with corporate players this time.

Sports director Dadan Choubey said they were organising an interactive summit at VVIP guesthouse at the mega sports complex on February 5.

“The conclave will be organised to facilitate direct interaction with private firms from Jharkhand and outside. We are hopeful of a good turnout,” he said.

The department would address queries regarding the clauses till February 13. “Interested parties can submit applications and plans to set up the academies in any sporting discipline by February 20,” Choubey said.

Among the several disciplines on offer are athletics, football, badminton, shooting, lawn tennis, swimming and hockey.

The academies will be set up at existing sports facilities in Ranchi, namely nine stadiums in the sprawling sports complex in Hotwar, two in Morabadi and one in Namkum.

Each of these facilities boasts dormitories, hostels for boys and girls, VIP guesthouse and administrative blocks.

The private-public partnership will be on 51:49 ratio, with the government holding the minority stake. While the state will provide stadiums and infrastructure, the firms will be entrusted with setting up and running the academies.

Currently, Sports Authority of Jharkhand maintains all the facilities. A fund of Rs 50 crore had been allotted to the outfit after the 2011 National Games for their upkeep.

However, the condition of the facilities at Hotwar, especially velodrome, shooting range and trap-shooting circuit, bears telltale signs of the department’s colossal mismanagement.

Choubey declined to comment on past glitches and said they were ready with a plan for the future. He added that many positive changes had been inculcated in the new plan and all stakeholders would be benefited.

“The firm can enrol trainees from outside the state in the unreserved seats at the current market fee. We have taken this step so that their interests are not compromised,” he said.

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Get, set, go

Proposed academies: 15

Seats: 601(313 boys)

Home advantage: 60 per cent reserved for state trainees

Facilities: Health insurance, Rs 1000 monthly stipend, two sets of sports kits, blazers

Also on offing: Formal education, vocational courses

Varsity boost: Proposed sports university to offer UG, PG programmes in physical education, yoga, exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports management, sports medicine, nutrition et al


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