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IGAR (N) to groom budding sporting talents

Youngsters taking part in the talent scouting hunt.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jan 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Jan. 2010 1:15 AM IST
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Nearly 500 youngsters from Dimapur and Peren districts between the age group of 10-14 turned up for a talent scouting hunt for ‘Mission Olympics’ organized by the 20 Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (N) at Medziphema local ground Monday. The trails were held to select young sport persons for the Boys Sports Company (BSC), Army Sports Institute (ASI), Pune. CO of 20 AR, Col Neeraj informed that the trails for the remaining nine districts would be carried out in a phased-manner on the remaining days. In his speech, IGAR (N) Maj Gen Sandeep Singh VSM, who flagged off the event said it was for the first time in the state that such a novel programme was organized for selecting talented young sports persons. He expressed confidence that after getting adequate coaching from the institute, the boys would bring laurels to the state and country besides getting employment under sports quota. Those selected after the trials would be sent to the Boys Sports Company (BSC), Army Sports Institute at Pune, a joint venture between Army and Sports Authority of India. The institute was raised under the “Mission Olympics Programme” with a specific aim of “Catching the Young”, training them and to serve as a feeder wing to the ASI with an ultimate aim of winning medals for India at the International level in Asian, Olympic Games and World Championships. The BSC has access to all ASI resources and has a boy’s hostel which enrolls talented children after a series of tests and provides free boarding, lodging, kit and education with the assurance of enrolment in the Army on coming of age. The Army Sports Institute provides world class training infrastructure, internationally renowned foreign and Indian coaches, the best equipment and excellent boarding and lodging facilities rounded off by comprehensive Sports Sciences back up. Every year, the Dimapur based sports training centre has been carrying out selection trials for grooming young talented players for various discipline. However, many of the young sport persons frizzle out. A senior sportsman with several achievements to his credit, expressed regrets at the handling of sports in the state. “To be a successful sport person one has to be rich with a strong background,” he said. He also criticized the attitude of the various sport organizations who conducted sporting events with the sole aim of getting some ‘donation money’ from the chief guests rather than promoting the interests of the sporting talents so as to groom them for earning laurels for the state and the country.

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