Friday , December 9 2016

Andhra Pradesh’s Sports Dreams Hit by Delays

The Finance department has been sitting on a proposal to hire over 100 coaches through the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh.

The SAAP has 77 coaches working across the 13 districts.

Vijayawada: The Finance department has been sitting on a proposal to hire over 100 coaches through the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh.

Due to this delay, the dream of getting a state athletes ready for the 2017 National Games, scheduled to be held in the  Chhattisgarh, seems distant.

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While allocating nearly Rs 200 crore for the purpose in the budget, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had  an envisioned the setting up of new sports academies, creating infrastructure, and for supporting players. Sports minister K. Atchannaidu had said in March during the Assembly session that the state government could enhance budgetary allocation for developing the sports infrastructure in all the districts, and could appoint coaches. He said nearly Rs 1,000 crore would be given to the various districts for the purpose.

In fact, the equipment worth Rs 500 crore was lying with the Sports Authority of neighbouring Telangana State, of which Andhra Pradesh’s share was close to Rs 250 crore.

Now, the SAAP has 77 coaches working across to the 13 districts. Out of them, only 13 members are regular coaches & the remaining are working on a contract basis.

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