Six sports, four water sports academies to be inaugurated in AP on Aug. 15

Six sports academies and four water sports academies would be inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh on August 15.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Friday reviewed the progress of Sports Authority of AP (SAAP) and AP State Skill Development Corporation. Officials from both the departments presented reports that followed up with suggestions and instructions given by the Chief Minister in the last review meeting. Sports Development Centers across the State called “Kreeda Vikas Kendras” are indoor and outdoor facilities for sports and recreation and 30 of them will be completed by the end of the year and 62 will completed by next year.

SAAP also presented the progress on Academies under Professional Management, for which SAAP issued a national tender. A number of interested organisations from Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka are currently bidding, and the successful bidders must provide the academy with trained coaches, nutrition training, accommodation and boarding, equipment and international exposure, among much more.

The six indoor and outdoor academies (Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Gudivada, Narasaraopeta, Nellore and Anantapur) and four water sports schools (Vijayawada, Nagavankala, Jangareddygudem and Thadipudi) are going to be inaugurated on August 15. They will have 80 expert sportspersons training students and the six academies will be maintained at the cost of Rs 20 crore per year. The Chief Minister insisted that “Every village must be connected to a play-field.”   Vizag, Amaravathi and Tirupati will be developed as Sports Cities, with the best quality of sports facilities. (NSS)