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Warm send-off to athletics team

Ranchi, July 1: Successful completion of the National Youth Athletics Camp at Birsa Munda stadium has encouraged the department of sports to demand more such sessions.

The training, which was held at the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) Special Area Games (SAG) Centre, concluded today.

State sports secretary Ajoy Kumar, along with SAI coaches, gave a warm send-off to the young athletes who will represent the country at the World Youth Athletics Championship at Lille in France from July 6.

“The sports department will extend all support for more such national camps, which bring laurels to the state and which will also help create the right sporting atmosphere for our boys and girls,” Kumar said.

Chief national coach (junior) Rajinder Singh said: “Our athletes will win medals in France. They have the potential and they have trained hard.”

Compared to other cities of the state, Ranchi provides the best weather conditions for training sportspersons, Singh added.

Because of early mix-ups, some of the selected chose to continue their practice in their home turf. However, 16 athletes, including four girls, trained here under Singh’s supervision.

SAI-SAG centre in-charge Sushil Kumar Verma said following the creation of worldclass infrastructure at the centre, more national camps were in the offing.

For instance, the Indian cadet wrestling coaching camp will be held in July-August for grooming wrestlers in the age group of 14 to 17 years for the World Cadet Wrestling Championship to be held in Spain from August 24 to 27.

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