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530 picked for camps

As many as 530 athletes have been shortlisted for the opening phase of preparatory camps for the 35th National Games to be held in Kerala from January 31 to February 14, 2015.

Jharkhand Olympic Association (JOA), which prepared the shortlist keeping in mind athletes’ performance of in state and national championships, has written to sports director Dadan Choubey to sanction funds to various associations for conducting the camps.

“Depending upon the performance of athletes during the first phase of the preparatory camps, the list will be pruned for the second phase. The same practice will be applied at the second camp and a final list of players will be announced for the third phase of preparations,” JOA secretary general S M Hashmi told The Telegraph.

Performance of athletes will be screened strictly before pruning the list.

“Besides athletes, 56 coaches have also been shortlisted. We want our players to give their best shot during the Games,” he said, adding that they would be sending the best athletes to Kerala.

JOA, the apex sports sports panel in Jharkhand, has plans to hold preparatory camps for kayaking, canoeing as well as rowing in different states.

“We have earmarked Bhopal and Roorkee for kayaking and canoing and Calcutta for rowing. We think Maithon Dam near Dhanbad will not be fit for holding the camps due to the monsoon. But, Bhopal, Roorkee and Calcutta have adequate infrastructure for efficiently conducting the camps,” he said,

As of now Jharkhand will be sending 293 athletes for the Games. They will be representing the state in 15 disciplines.

The number of athletes were shortlisted after the list was approved by national sports federations.

Some more athletes may be added to the Kerala-bound contingent as national competitions for beach handball, kho-kho, kabaddi and shooting are to be held.