Ahmedabad, February 6: Sports Minister Vijay Goel laid the foundation stone of the Center of Excellence for Para Sports in Gandhinagar, on Sunday, which will be the first-ever training facility in the country dedicated to para-athletes.Speaking on the occasion, Goel said that sportspersons can approach him in case they face any professional problem. He said a Talent Search Portal is being launched soon to spot the budding sports persons in the country. He said the Center of Excellence for Differently Abled Sportspersons for which he laid the foundation today will help Para Athletes to showcase their skills and talent further both at national and international level.
The center is proposed for an estimated budget of over Rs. 50 crores. It will have the World Class facilities where Para athletes will be trained for various International Competitions including Asian Games, Common Wealth Games, and Olympic Games and will also here Classification center. The center will also hold Seminars, Educational Programmes and Workshops throughout the year with the help of International Paralympic Committee.The entire project will be constructed by CPWD in coordination with the various Experts and Consultants having full accessibility as per the norms of IPC. The center will have Indoor Hall (64m x 42m), Elite Hostel (100 bedded), VIP Accommodation for Foreign Guest (20 nos), Open land for warm-up facilities for Para athletes.
Para-athletes have won 4 medals at RIO Olympics for India in 2016 and brought glory to the country in International Sports Arena. Prime Minister after meeting with Para Athlete Shri Devender Jhajharia Gold Medalist of RIO Olympic Games 2016 desired that a World Class Para-athletic Center be opened in India.