Jayalalithaa allots Rs 36 crore for sports infra

More facilites for integrated complex at Nehru stadium.

Chennai: Giving a major boost to the morale of young sportspersons in the state, chief minister Jayalalithaa has allo­ca­ted a sum of Rs 35.77 crore towards the dev­elopment of various sp­orts centres across the state including ra­ising the funds allocated for meals and die­tary supplements for top sportspersons tra­ined by the state, a rel­ease said.

The Integrated Spo­rts Complex, located at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, that was re­ce­ntly inaugurated by the chief minister, following renovation wo­rk, will get more facilities in the form of sq­uash courts, indoor badminton courts, vol­le­y ball courts and a special hydrotherapy swimming pool for training differently ab­led sportspersons in the state.

The state government has released Rs 12 crore towards work on this integrated sports complex.

Sportspersons from the state who participate in international and national level sp­orts meets and are be­ing trained to represent the state currently receive a sum of Rs 75 a day.

This sum has now been raised to Rs 250 a day at a cost of Rs 10.12 cr­ore to the state. “Th­ese funds have been increased mainly to help our sportsmen and women get all the necessary suppleme­nts and quality food to be able to prepare better,” state officials said in a release.

A similar raise will also be in effect for the meal plans of all the young boys and girls who are training at the primary training centres in the state.

“At present, the yo­ung sportspersons are receiving Rs 150 a day for their meals. This am­ount would also be raised to Rs 250 a day. College students who are training for vario­us sports activities who are presently rec­eiving Rs 90 a day will also get Rs 250 a day,” a release said.

Besides, three Ce­nt­res of Excellence in Sp­orts would also be set up at Srirangam Ti­r­unelveli and Erode for budding sportspersons in the state, the release added.

( Source : dc )
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