Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Hockey India today announced the establishment of the High Performance Centres in seven places across the country to provide state-of-the-art facilities to Junior and Sub-Junior players. The move is aimed at grooming young talent in view of 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.
While the National Hockey Academy at Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi along with SAI at Sundergarh, Bhopal and Bengaluru will be active within the next three months, the remaining three centres will be developed over the next one year.
These centres will be closely monitored by Hockey India and its High Performance Director and the programme will also ensure that the athletes are provided with international exposure. These seven centres will be set up under the Khelo India scheme and will have expert professional training, utilization of sports science and education of the youngsters.
The remaining three High-Performance Hockey Centres will be established at SAI, Takyel, Imphal in Manipur, Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune in Maharashtra, SAI Centre, Ranchi and Gomke Jaipal Singh Astroturf Hockey Stadium. The SAI Centre Bengaluru will remain as the main site for the senior and junior national teams.
Source: News On Air