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Goel calls for more corporate support

Goel calls for more corporate support
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He made this categorically clear when he came to take stock of the progress of the Sports Authority of India (SAI)-Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy (PGBA) collaborative effort endeavoured to improve the standard of sports.Goel, on a day’s visit on Saturday, said he was impressed with the state-of-the-art facilities at PGBA.

Hyderabad: If Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel has his way, the country can produce at least 20 more coaches like Pullela Gopichands, and subsequently ample number of Olympic and world champions.All he needs to translate this vision into a reality is the wholehearted support from the corporate world.

He made this categorically clear when he came to take stock of the progress of the Sports Authority of India (SAI)-Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy (PGBA) collaborative effort endeavoured to improve the standard of sports.Goel, on a day’s visit on Saturday, said he was impressed with the state-of-the-art facilities at PGBA.

It is perhaps the biggest academy in the country where so many outstation players are getting trained,” he said.Stating that Gopichand has been asking for more such academies across the country and more qualified, the Minister stated, “We want more academies and more Gopichands to improve sports. We will do our best on this front. What we wish to have is more and more support from corporate houses.”

Going back in time, Goel pointed out “I was a national player and represented Delhi in kho-kho and basketball. My heart will always for sportspersons.”He said that he had visited some academies run under the aegis of SAI.I am seeing the facilities in the SAI academics. Shortly, we will review the findings and bring in suitable changes,” he said.The centre has decided to set up an online portal to scout talent across disciplines within a month.

The platform will enable them to get identified and perhaps come under the wings of proven national and international trainers under MoYAS,” Goel said.The portal will be an integrated website with online file sharing and social networking features, where any young sportsperson can register videos, photos and other documents to provide evidence of their sporting talents.Creation of the Sports Talent Hunt Portal will be completed within a month. It will be a big boon for budding players,” he added.

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