Goal! 4 centres of excellence by year-end in Delhi

Delhi: 17 March, 2022 (Times of India)


NEW DELHI: By the end of this year, Delhi is likely to get four of its first “Centres of Excellence” where athletes will get intensive and advanced training to prepare for Commonwealth, Asian and Olympic Games. Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is creating seven such centres, each focusing on different disciplines.
LG Anil Baijal, the DDA chairman, reviewed the status of these projects, apart from work on the Integrated Sports Complex and Golf Course in Dwarka during a meeting of the Sports Management Board.

“It was emphasised that activity wise timelines be laid down and adhered to for ensuring speedy completion of projects. It was also advised that the new sports complexes be developed as Centres of Excellence for specific sporting activities with provision of world class facilities,” Baijal tweeted.

The four Centres of Excellence scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2022 are at Dwarka Sector 23 (hockey and football), Rohini Sector 33 (aquatics), Dwarka Sector 8 (wrestling, weightlifting, boxing, judo and kabaddi), and Dwarka Sector 19 (tennis and shooting).

DDA vice-chairman Manish Kumar Gupta said that the Integrated Sports Complex in Dwarka’s Sector 19B can be developed through PPP mode. He added that five companies had expressed their interest in developing the project. It was discussed in the meeting that while DDA should continue to provide sports infrastructure, avenues to generate revenue should also be considered to make these facilities self-sustaining. However, the facilities would continue to be public-oriented, unlike private clubs.

To make the projects viable, DDA is planning clubs with restaurants and bars at the sports complex. This will not only generate additional revenue, but also benefit the public. For opening clubs in the sports complexes, a request has been submitted to incorporate the provision in Master Plan for Delhi 2041.

According to a DDA official, apart from providing advanced coaching in the selected sports disciplines at the Centres of Excellence, facilities of recovery room, physiotherapy room, lecture room, etc would also be provided. “Unlike our sports complexes, these centres will not have multi-disciplinary facilities. They are aimed at grooming talented youngsters into Olympians by providing facilities usually available at international sporting centres,” he added.

The 13 sporting complexes operated by DDA boast of producing many champions who have won laurels at international level. Siri Fort Sports Complex has produced world junior shooting champion Devanshi Rana.