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Wrestlers to get special training ahead of Commonwealth Games

New Delhi, Wed, 17 Sep 2008 NI Wire

In order to improve India’s competitiveness in international sports arena and to enhance India’s medals prospects, the Ministry of Sports has decided to provide special training to as many as 84 wrestlers ahead of the Commonwealth Games, 2010.

As per the Union Cabinet’s June 12, 2008 approval for a scheme titled “Preparation of Indian Teams for Commonwealth Games, 2010”, the ministry has outlined the name of wrestlers to get the state of art training and exposure both at domestic and international level.

The ministry has also identified 12 Indian and 2 foreign coaches in consultations with Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). Under the scheme training is to be provided to 56 men and 28 women wrestlers. The WFI has also been asked to furnish the name of sports persons and also the name of supporting personnel such as Sports Analyst, Doctor, and Physiotherapist etc.

The Centre has decided to allocate Rs. 678 crore for three years starting from 2008-09 under the scheme for the preparation of elite sports persons. It is also decided to prepare a comprehensive website in order to disseminate all information related to the scheme.

Dr. M S Gill, the Union Sports Minister has directed the Steering Committee constituted under the Scheme to identify the group of sportspersons of all disciplines in consultation with Sports Authority of India (SAI) and federation to bring the scheme in operation at the earliest.

In the meeting, the Army Sports Institute, Pune for Greco Roman and NIS, Patiala for free style (Men &Women) has been identified as centres for imparting training to the Core Group of sportspersons. For providing infrastructural and equipment support, the Committee has asked the WFI to submit their requirements, if any.

The Scheme aims to impart state of the art training to our sports persons (medal probable) both in India and abroad with adequate sports sciences back up, with the objective of maximising Indian medals’ tally in the Commonwealth Games, 2010.

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