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Monday , July 28 , 2014
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State hunt for sporting talents

Ranchi, July 27: This August, gear up for good games.

The state sports department is going to organise a three-day talent hunt from August 3 at the mega sports complex in Hotwar, Ranchi, across four disciplines to recruit players for its 24 residential coaching centres.

Sports department officials said the upcoming event would scout for talent among students between Class VII and X and provide them state-of-the-art coaching. Players will be chosen for hockey, football, archery and athletics.

“We wanted to host this talent hunt earlier. But, due to district-level events, we got delayed. First, the players are screened at each district. The selected players are then are made to compete at the state-level contest. Those who qualify will be inducted into our coaching centres,” said sports director Dadan Choubey.

The state has 24 residential centres and each has a capacity of about 25.

Notably, mismanagement often plagues these residential centres, which came up in about five-six years ago on the lines of boarding centres of Sports Authority of India (SAI).

“Every year, funds get delayed for the residential centres because of which the sports kits don’t reach us on time, managing proper diet for boarders becomes difficult and repair works, too, take a beating,” said an insider.

He added that the primarily problem was vacancy.

When asked, director Choubey conceded the problems, adding that they were working on it and would improve the overall scenario in the state sports department soon.

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