SAI cradle debuts today
Hazaribagh: The Sports Authority of India (SAI)'s residential centre in Hazaribagh, built in 2007 and considered the dream project of veteran BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, is finally set to open its doors on Saturday.
Located around 17km from Hazaribagh district headquarters, the facility will be inaugurated by Union minister of youth affairs and sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Saturday.
Set up at a cost of Rs 15 crore on 47 acres of land, the cradle will train budding sportspersons in hockey, archery, volleyball, wrestling and football.
The foundation stone of the sports cradle was laid in 2003 under the initiative of then Hazaribagh MP and Union minister Yashwant Sinha. Even though the centre was ready by 2007 it failed to take off all these years due to security clearance.
"The centre will provide a platform to local sportspersons to hone their talent and also act as a venue for sporting events. It is also the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide best sports facilities to youths. Besides, the centre has hostels for both boys and girls," said Union minister of state for civil aviation and Hazaribagh MP Jayant Sinha.
State sports and tourism minister Amar Kumar Bauri is also expected to be present at the inaugural ceremony.