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Academies close to source of talent planned

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, JUNE 20. The Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh has decided to go in for relocation of its academies with the objective of establishing these centres closer to the source of the talent that is available in the State.

According to Mr. Asok Kumar, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of SAAP, it was found that several of the academies were at present located in places far away from the main sources of talent. Thus it was decided to shift some of the centres to those areas where there was talent and a lot of activity in that particular sport.

Addressing a press conference here today Mr. Asok Kumar said that for example the football academy was at present located in Kurnool while the main talent is abundant in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam. Therefore it would make more sense to have a football academy at either of these two cities instead of Kurnool. So it has been decided to shift the football centre to Visakhapatnam.

"The first choice would have been Hyderabad but since the capital city already has so many academies we felt that Visakhapatnam should be given preference for hosting the football academy," he explained.

For the same reasons judo and kabaddi would be shifted to Medak, basketball for girls would now be conducted at Guntur and kabaddi for girls will now be held at Kurnool. Visakhapatnam would continue to retain the SAI badminton academy but the SAAP badminton academy would be shifted to Tirupathi. Wrestling and archery would be in Nizamabad.

"We will also suggest to the government to have a Special Area Games (SAG) water sports centre at Karimnagar since there is a lot of talent available," he added.

"The whole aim of all these decisions is to streamline the functioning of spotting and developing sports talent in the state and thereby strive to bring about better results from our efforts," he said.

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