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Kozhikode: Sports and Youth Affairs Minister M. Vijayakumar said here on Monday that the decision to stage the 35th National Games in various towns and cities in the State, instead of in a single place as in the past, would help all these undergo drastic development.
He was speaking at a function to lay the foundation stone for a stadium to be built at the Government Medical College grounds for the Games.
The Minister said the Kerala Physical Fitness Mission (KPFM) was being considered since recent studies among schoolchildren had shown a disturbing decline in fitness among them. The mission would focus on the development of an entire generation.
The Minister said development works that cost Rs.450 crore would be executed in the State for the National Games. The Planning Commission would give Rs.110 crore of the sum.
The new stadium here would cost Rs.9 crore. A synthetic track would be laid there at a cost of Rs.4.5 crore. Another stadium, spanning five acres, would be built near the leprosy hospital for the Games. It would also have a swimming pool.
Earlier, Industries Minister Elamaram Karim laid the foundation stone for the stadium at medical college.
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