'Sports training centers in Maharashtra needed to improve the standard'

NAGPUR: Coming from a sports environment, Jaiprakash Duble Know the importance of quality coaching to make future champions.

Since assuming the position of joint director of the department of sports and youth welfare of the Government of Maharashtra, Duble is on a mission and wants to make a big change in the state sports arena.

In order to produce talented athletes in the state, the government is developing the concept of sports training centers . It will certainly help raise the standard in a big way, Duble said.

I was interacting with local scribes during the Meet-the-Press program, organized by the Association of Sports Journalists of Nagpur.

Duble, who himself is a former national-level swimmer and reputed coach, said, "coaching is one of my favourite subjects. We have a good infrastructure for sports in Maharashtra but instead of coaching we give lot of importance to its maintenance. Therefore coaching is being neglected. To overcome it, we are planning to develop the concept of sports training centers where the players will get scientific and technical training."

He cited the example of the state-of-the-art Balewadi sports complex in Pune, where the government is taking the services of the Olympic shooter Gagan Naranng , ex as international shuttler Nikhil Kanetkar and hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay .

Duble said on Balewadi lines that such services will be available at other divisional sports complexes in the state with the help of Olympic athletes and former international stars. He has also revealed that up to 153 coaches will be assigned based on salaries across the state soon.

He has also asked athletes to take advantage of the benefits of various government schemes. He said: There are many government schemes for athletes, but they don't know it. There are funds for infrastructure development, training, equipment, etc. and to take advantage of it, we will raise awareness about it, he said.

Duble said there will be a lot of transparency in the distribution of the coveted Shiv Chhatrapati awards. We have received some suggestions and accordingly, the committee has presented the report recently. Only the deservers will receive the most prestigious awards now, he said.

He also thanked the measure to give 5% reserve to talented athletes in government jobs. This is a good move. Many players obtained direct jobs in various departments of the state government. Efforts will be made to recruit them in the sports department, he said. He also added that the non-residential badminton academy will soon begin at Mankapur Stadium.

DSO Avinash Pund, Jayant Duble and others were also present on the occasion.