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‘Sports complexes in all district centres’

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CHIKMAGALUR: Sports complexes will be constructed in all district centres in the State, I.M. Vittala Murthy, Secretary, Department of Youth Services and Sports, has said.

Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, Mr. Murthy said that discussions would be held with Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to seek increase in budget allocation for sports from Rs. 63 crore to Rs.150 crore.

After visiting the district centenary playground and swimming pool, he expressed satisfaction with the facilities available and said there was scope for improvement.

Stressing the need to upgrade the basketball court, Mr. Murthy said sports activities should be conducted at the district centre.

The condition of sports hostels should be improved, and sportspersons provided with good food and sports kits. Special training should be given to coaches, he said.

Naveen Raj Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Chikmagalur district, said eight acres of land had been allotted for providing training in shooting. Training for pilots would be offered from July at the new air field in Chikmagalur.

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