Sports infra boost, new 300-bed hostel on the cards at SAI centre | Lucknow News

Lucknow: In line with the focus of the central government and the UP government on promoting sport, the regional center of the Indian Sports Authority (SAI) in Lucknow is strengthening the war-based infrastructure.
According to the SAI authorities, a state-of-the-art wrestling hall is available to provide wrestlers with world-class training facilities. The construction of a new sports hostel is also underway, which is expected to be ready for occupancy by the end of the year.
“The SAI center is built on a spacious 65 hectare land and already has five national competence centers for hockey, wrestling, taekwondo, weightlifting and athletics,” said Sanjay Saraswat, managing director of the SAI center in Lucknow.
“At the beginning of the year we had a new ring hall built. The hall was built at a cost of Rs 7.5 crore and is equipped with first class facilities. Although the facility is not yet to be inaugurated, women wrestlers who competed in the Tokyo Olympics have trained here, ”he said.
Saraswat added that Union Minister of Sport and Youth, Anurag Thakur, will soon officially inaugurate the facility.
He said the construction of a 300-bed sports hostel is underway and is expected to be completed by December.
When asked why most of the wrestlers who came to the center for training were from Haryana and not Uttar Pradesh, he said that the Haryana wrestlers were focused and had the full support of their families.
“Anshu Malik and Sarita, who recently won silver and bronze at the World Wrestling Championships in Oslo, Norway, have trained here for the past 4-5 years,” he said.
“We are working hard to improve the infrastructure of the SAI Center. It is thanks to constant efforts that our players perform well at the Olympic Games and World Championships. We have also requested funds from central governments to upgrade existing facilities, ”added Saraswat.

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