Milkha Singh Stadium: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that the athletic stadium at Bambolim village will be renamed after ace athlete late Milkha Singh. The chief minister further said the state government will also give names of Goan sportsmen to other stadiums in the coastal state. Earlier, the Indian Army renamed a stadium after Neeraj Chopra who fulfilled Milkha Singh’s unfulfilled dream of winning an Olympic medal in athletics.
Speaking at a gathering held to felicitate sportspersons at Campal Indoor Stadium here, Sawant said, “We will be naming Bambolim Stadium after flying Sikh Milkha Singh.”
He further said that the state government has created sports infrastructure worth Rs 300 crore, which should be put to optimum use to nurture sporting talent in the state.
Milkha Singh Stadium: The chief minister appealed to physical education teachers from schools and colleges and coaches attached to the Sports Authority of Goa to encourage students to take up sports activities for physical fitness.
Earlier, the Indian Army renamed Pune’s Army Sports Institute after Tokyo Olympics Gold medallist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra.
Milkha Singh Stadium: Chopra won the gold medal on 7 August 2021 with a throw of 87.58 m in his second attempt. He is one of only two Indians to have won an individual Olympic gold medal (the other being Abhinav Bindra), as well as the youngest-ever Indian gold medalist in an individual event and the only one to have won gold in his Olympic debut.
As per the Defence PRO official release, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Pune’s Defence Institute of Advanced Technology and Army Sports Institute (ASI) on August 23.