Australian High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu on Wednesday signed an MoU with the Punjab Institute of Sports Hockey Stadium to share knowledge and techniques on various sports between the two countries.
The Punjab State Institute of Sports and Australia have signed an MOU in which the Victoria University will help in raising the capability of the coaches and trainers for many sports, including hockey. It will also include creating a curriculum of physical education and will also provide experts to come and teach health and management.
Sidhu said: “Nothing is more inspiring than seeing young people. They seem to be committed to the sports. Excelling in sports helps builds your confidence and that is why it is important to encourage sports among youngsters.”
Asked about her experience of interacting with the students, Sidhu said: “I had a bit of banter with the girls and I challenged them to play against Australia. The competitive spirit of the students were such that they instantly said we will easily defeat them on the field.”
She added that India is one of those countries whose investment in sports excites the Australians. “Therefore, to encourage the sports we will contribute our bit by providing the best literature and sports experts to help India produce the best coaches. Plans of initiating athlete development programme are also in process,” Sidhu said.
Former hockey national coach of India Sukhbir Grewal said: “Things like sports scientists, sports psychologist, bio-mechanics, physiotherapists and mental training will be provided under the MOU. The Australian Institute of Sports is best in the world and it will make our coaches more knowledgeable about modern techniques.”
The coaches will be shortlisted and given an opportunity to pursue PHD in the Victorian University. “The programme will provide practical and theoretical knowledge to the coaches. The best ones will be sent to Australia for advanced programmes. Junior lecturers from Australia will come to keep a check if the study is being implemented properly,” added Grewal.