DDA targets Olympic gold with 7 Centres of Excellence: Report

The Delhi Development Authority has planned seven “centres of excellence” in Delhi’s satellite townships with an eye on creating Olympic champions. If all goes well, four of the seven ‘centres of excellence will come up Dwarka, two in Rohini and one at Narela, on the city’s northern border with Harayana.

The Dwarka centres will have facilities for football, hockey, tennis and shooting; Rohini centres will work for excellence in aquatics and boxing, while the Narela rural belt facility will accommodate wrestling and weightlifting, national daily Times of India has reported, attributing the information to an anonymous DDA official.

“The centres of excellence won’t be like a regular sports complex with multi-disciplinary facilities. Instead, each of them are aimed at grooming talented youngsters into Olympians by providing facilities usually available at international sporting centres,” the official has reportedly told the newspaper. “Each centre will focus on just one discipline and we will provide the best coaching facilities available,” he said.

“We strive to provide state-of-the-art and world-class facilities at our sports complexes, apart from engaging top-notch coaches and eminent sportspersons for coaching youngsters. This has yielded results and many who have trained here have gone on to become international champions.

“The work for the centre at Narela had started, but got stuck due to some unavoidable reason. We will resume the work there soon. The sites have already been identified and now our engineers will carry out feasibility studies and prepare layouts for these centres. After this, the estimates for the centres will be prepared and tenders floated.”

The currently operates 13 sporting complexes across the city. The Siri Fort Sports Complex, one of the most sought after facilities in the city, has produced world junior shooting champion Devanshi Rana, tennis star Yuki Bhambri and India’s No. 2 women’s singles tennis player Karman Kaur Thandi.

Maharaj Karni Singh shooting range in South Delhi is among the top shooting facilities in the country.

The autonomous body, responsible for town planning and development Delhi, has been running sports promotion schemes in athletics, football, gymnastics and archery. The talnetn for the schemes is picked through open trials. The selected trainees get professional coaching, monthly stipend, travelling allowance, sports kit, performance-based incentives and  medical insurance protection.

“DDA will consider similar schemes in other sports for which facilities have been created by DDA in collaboration with the Sports Authority of India,” the paper has quoted the offiail as said.