Chandigarh: Â As many as 6,2OO players and technical officials in 29 sports disciplines would participate in four day long 24th Haryana State Games, said Haryana Olympic Association (HOA) president Mr P.V. Rathee while addressing a press conference at Faridabad today. Haryana Chief Minister Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda would open the prestigious state games on Friday.
While inviting the people to come for watching the games and encouraging the sportspersons, Mr Rathee said that the state games would be conducted at four venues and number of international players hailing from the state is likely to participate in the games. He also invited the people for the cultural function, which would be organized after the inaugural function. Athletics, Basketball, Gymnastic, Handball, Judo, Kabaddi (National), Kabaddi (Circle), Kho Kho, Lawn-Tennis, Roller Skating, Swimming, Table Tennis, Triathlon & Volleyball games would be conducted at Sports Complex, Sector 12 Faridabad. Archery, Boxing, Chess, Football, Karate, Netball, Taekwondo, Throw ball, Weightlifting and Wushu would be played at Nahar Singh Stadium, NIT. Badminton & Wrestling matches would be conducted at NIT-3 Sports Complex and Fencing at 13 Panth Bhawan, Sector 10 Faridabad. Hockey and Ten Pin bowling would be conducted in Gurgaon.
HOA President said that some international players including the CWG Gold medal winner Ms Krishna Poonia had already confirmed their participation and we have made suitable changes in sports schedule as per their convenience. We have invited all players to participate in the games and we are hopeful that many international stars would participate, he added.
Mr Rathee also thanked the media for their appreciation of Haryanaâ€™s sterling performance and efforts in the just concluded Commonwealth Games (CWG). Your admiration has encouraged the players a lot. He also asked for continued support to the sports in the state. He said that HOA played its role but the state governmentâ€™s role was most commendable, which supported and encouraged the sportspersons by giving cash awards and jobs to them.
HOA president also referred to state governmentâ€™s Talent Hunt programme, SPAT test and number of other sports friendly schemes and initiatives implement by the state government during the previous six years. This yearâ€™s SPAT would begin in this December and about 18 to 20 lakh players would participate in it. He expressed hope that this programme would spread in the whole country and would provide a new direction to the sports.
Our small state with just 2 per cent population had won maximum number of medals in CWG. The peopleâ€™s support during the welcome of Queenâ€™s Baton has endorsed the sports policy of the state government, he added.
Our next target is Olympic Games, HOA president said. He said that Asian Games would be bit tough as the competition is stiffer. He said that Shooting would be included in next state games.
To another query, Mr Rathee said that there is only one HOA. Players have been recruited 11 DSPs, 7 Inspectors, 21 Sub Inspectors and 239 constables, he added.
Mr Rathee said that the state government under the leadership of Mr Hooda has provided a sporting atmosphere in the state and the good players feel secure with assured future. Taking up the sportspersons cause, while thanking the government for recruiting number of players he also pressed for recruiting more sportspersons. The government has enhanced the social respect of sportspersons, which would go a long way in encouraging the new generation, he added.
HOA General Secretary Mr Narender Hooda, Media Adviser to Chief Minister Mr Sunder Pal Singh, OSD to Chief Minister &Â Â Haryana Basket Ball Association president Mr Ravinder Singh, District Olympic Association president & Deputy Commissioner Dr Pravin Kumar were also present on the occasion.