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City to hold camps for Games

Jamshedpur, July 5: The state sports department has decided to hold three preparatory training camps in Jamshedpur in the run up to the 35th National Games to be held in Kerala between January 31 and February 14 next year.

Sports director Dadan Choubey today held a meeting with representatives of the state handball, boxing and archery associations at JRD Tata Sports Complex to discuss tentative dates for the proposed camps in the steel city. “The department will bear all expenses, while Tata Steel will provide logistical support for successfully conducting the training camps. Tatas have always been very positive in this regard,” Choubey told The Telegraph.

According to the sports director, the camps will be conducted in three or four phases — most likely October onwards — so that the players remain in fine fettle during the Games.

Representatives of archery, handball and boxing associations have been asked to submit a detailed programme and budget for the camps, on the basis of which the department will proceed.

Choubey also held discussions on preparations for the Games and heard grievances of the state outfits regarding funds and other issues.

Also, Choubey sought a status report on equipment used during the 2011 National Games in Jamshedpur. Boxing, archery, equestrian and women’s football were held in the steel city in 2011.

Tata Steel sports department head Charles Borromeo, who is also the secretary of Jharkhand Boxing Association, said they would extend all possible support to the sports department for organising the camps.

“All these three bodies are headquartered in Jamshedpur and we have the required infrastructure,” he added.