There are many talented players in the state. At present, the state has developed sports infrastructure to develop the talent of the players. All that is required is proper care and advanced training.
That is why there is a need for further development of coaching centres in the state and training of players through skilled coaches. Chief Minister Prof. (Dr.) Manik Saha said this in the review meeting of the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports in Conference Hall No. 2 of the Secretariat yesterday.
He further said that Tripura currently has infrastructural set up gymnastics to badminton, table tennis ete. Their practical aspects need further attention. In this case, the officials of the department should be proactive. Emphasis should be placed on field inspection if necessary. The Chief Minister also stressed on strengthening the Tripura Sports Act by amending it.
Secretary of Youth Affairs and Sports Department PK Chakraborty said in the review meeting, Youth Affairs and Sports Department organizes sports competitions in various categories from block level to district level and state level every year with the aim of advancing sports in the state.
He said that in the last five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23, a total of 3 lakh 95 thousand 711 students participated from village level to state level events. 15 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 17 bronze medals have been won in the National School Games in the last five years. 7 Gold Medals, 5 Silver Medals and 7 Bronze Medals have been won in Khelo India Youth Games, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals in North East Regional Sports Week. He informed there are 9 thousand 514 students in 206 coaching centres of the state and there are 494 physical teachers in them. Coaching centres provide training to players in 18 different categories. In this context, the Chief Minister emphasized on further development of the coaching centres.
He suggested in bringing SAI coaches from outside if necessary and asked Physical trainers to take initiative to be more efficient. The Secretary also highlighted the State-Level swimming competition, state-level Bharatiyam programme, Youth Conclave organized in Sikkim, North Eastern Youth Festival, residential training etc. He informed that a synthetic football turf has been developed at a cost of 5 crore rupees in Chandrapur of Udaipur and a similar synthetic football turf has been constructed at a cost of Rs 20 crore rupees at Umakanta Mini Stadium. Multipurpose Sports Hall and Badminton Hall were also constructed at Agartala NSRCC. For which over 8 crore rupees have been spent. A swimming pool, 100-bedded male hostel has been constructed at Panisagar.
He also referred several upcoming initiatives including synthetic hockey turf at Badharghat, synthetic athletic track at Panisagar, installation of flood lights at Umakanta mini stadium, synthetic football turf at Jampuijala etc. In this regard, the Chief Minister said that initiatives should be taken to improve open gym.