Services and Punjab were crowned the overall champions as they won overall championship in men and womne categories in the 5th National Fencing Federation Cup held at Punjabi University Campus on Thursday. Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir were runners-up and second runners-up in men’s category while Kerala and Manipur bagged the second and third places respectively in the women’s section.
Meanwhile,Punjab Government has decided to set up a Rs 100 crore State Institute of Sports at Mohali to provide free of cost specialised training along with hostel and diet facilities to 500 high potential players to make significant contribution in improving the national medal tallies in Asian,Commonwealth and Olympic games.
Speaking on the occasion,cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia informed that the sports budget of the state has been enhanced to Rs. 142 crore in 2013-14. He pointed out that Rs. 200 crores have been spent on creation of sports infrastructure with construction/renovation/up-gradation of 13 international-level sports stadiums. These includes six hockey stadiums with provision of latest astroturf at Punjab Agricultural University,Ludhiana,Guru Nanak Dev University,Amritsar ,Hockey Synthetic Surface,Village Ghudda,District Bathinda ,Government Barjindera College,Faridkot ,Government Rajindera College,Bathinda ,Hockey Stadium,Sector 63,Mohali,and seven multipurpose stadiums including War Hero’s Stadium,Sangrur,N.M. College,Mansa,Sports Stadium,Bathinda,Outdoor Stadium,Hoshiarpur ,Guru Gobind Singh Stadium,Jalandhar,Government College Stadium,Gurdaspur and Guru Nanak Stadium,Amritsar. Besides this,one international sports hostel,at Jalandhar has also been set up.
The Minister revealed that the State government has also earmarked Rs. 16.5 crore for unique sports scholarships to top ranked as well as budding players in the state. Under Sahibzada Ajit Singh scholarship scheme,Rs 10,000 per annum per player would be given to top ranked 1100 sportspersons covering all the eleven recognized sports disciplines. Similarly,1100 scholarships worth Rs 5000 per annum per player would be given to junior players below the age of 16 years in the memory of Sahibzada Fateh Singh.