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DU may offer adventure sports to students

By Lakshmi B. Ghosh

NEW DELHI, MARCH 30. If Delhi University has its way, then water sports could well be the all-new reason for students to queue up outside its colleges for admission.

In an ambitious attempt to move towards adventure sports, the University is now looking at rowing, mountaineering and trekking as some of the new sporting options for its students. An idea that the Director of Delhi University Physical Education and Sports, J.S. Naruka, has been toying with for quite some time now, with the Rowing Federation of India too expressing its eagerness in helping campus students discover the thrill of water sports, the new academic session may just bring in the much awaited good news.

"We are interested in introducing adventure activities, specially water sports. The President of the Rowing Federation of India, Brig K.P. Singh Deo, has in fact suggested that we could use the Bhalaswa lake that is about 7-8 km away from the campus for rowing,'' Mr. Naruka said. Incidentally, the lake is also being developed for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The University's sporting activities may be going through a slump period, but the introduction of activities involving more students could bring the interest back in sports.

"I think the idea is to go for activities that have more thrill for the students. If I had my way I would also introduce horse riding and sky diving too. But then this way we have more than just a team of 11 team members involved in the game. The idea is to go for mass games that are open to any interested student and not just a selective few,'' says Mr. Naruka.

Although the University Grants Commission (UGC) has already cleared in principle the University's proposal for a swimming pool and a synthetic hockey turf, the Council is still waiting for the financial assistance to upgrade its current infrastructure. And while things may not have gone too well for the University in the past couple of years in terms of sporting activities, the Council is more than positive.

"We have not done as well as we could have. But I am sure we will regain our status in the coming year. As of now we want to encourage mass participation and get students to participate in some sporting activity or the other,'' Mr. Naruka said.

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