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1600 & still counting!

Jamshedpur, May 10: Tata Steel sports department’s upcoming camp for city schoolgoers is receiving tremendous response.

As many as 1,600 registrations have already poured in for the camp that will be held at JRD Tata Sports Complex from May 12 to 31. With two days left to enrol names, officials are sure that the number will cross 2,000.

Officials from the sports department said the rush for swimming was maximum, adding that they had stopped accepting further entries owing to safety concerns.

“We are not taking entries in swimming since last evening. Four hundred students have already enrolled and overcrowding will complicate matters. We also need to keep safety concerns in mind,” sports department head Charles Borromeo told The Telegraph.

He added that children who had missed out could enrol for the second leg of swimming camp, which would start from June 2.

Borromeo added that the overwhelming response indicated students’ inclination towards sports.

“Jamshedpur is a city of sports lovers. It is a positive sign that children want to spend their summer vacation learning new sporting disciplines. I also compliment parents for encouraging their children,” Borromeo, a Padma Shri, added.

The sports department, already warmed up for the big event, conducted a coaches’ clinic this evening.

“The clinic was conducted to add value to the camp. During the session, coaches were asked to maintain uniformity in the exercises they ask children to do,” said Borromeo, who conducted the clinic.

Participating schoolgoers will be trained in a host of sports disciplines, including archery, athletics, basketball, boxing, handball, karate, football, volleyball, yoga and meditation, chess, table tennis, badminton, roller-skating, golf, lawn tennis, cricket and swimming, during the 19-day camp.

Arrangements have been made to ensure that special athletes and underprivileged children from community centres can also take part.

The camp will be held in the mornings and evenings.

Swimming session for boys will be held from 8am to 10am. Separate sessions for girls will be conducted from 4pm to 5pm.

Children will be trained in remaining disciplines from 6.30am to 8.30am.

Sports director Dadan Choubey will inaugurate the camp at 7.30am on Tuesday.

Interested students can enrol for the camp at the accounts section of JRD Tata Sports Complex from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 3pm to 5pm till May 12.


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