The 4th edition of World Cup Kabaddi will be held in November 2013 and teams of both girls and boys from 25 nations would vie for record prize money in a fortnight long sports extravaganza, Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said.
Sukhbir Badal announced this after reviewing the progress of ongoing sports complexes throughout the state and said that strict NADA anti doping guidelines would be implemented in the tournament.
“Punjab will seek more participation of countries from Europe, Africa, USA, Australia and other non representative sub-continents to give Kabaddi world class status,” Sukhbir said, adding that the state government was already taking up this issue with International Olympic Committee for making efforts to include this game in 2020 Olympics besides ensuring the continuation of traditional game wrestling also.
Badal emphasized on the need for world-class sports infrastructure and said that 11 World Class Stadiums have already been completed at the cost of Rs. 96 crore and 9 more stadiums will be dedicated to the nation by December this year.
“8 of these stadiums have been floodlit and Sports Stadium at Ghudda and village Badal will have synthetic track costing Rs. 5 crore for each stadium,” Sukhbir said while that 11 stadiums that are set to be completed included Bathinda, Sangrur, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Mohali, Faridkot, PAU Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Ghudda.
Meanwhile, the 9 stadiums that would be completed by December included Mansa, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur, GNDU Amritsar, Hockey Stadium Bathinda, Hockey Stadium village Badal, Synthetic track at village Badal, multipurpose stadium at Jalalabad and at Fazilka.
“To percolate the sports culture in the villages, the SAD-BJP Government distributed 5000 rural gyms and 9000 sports kits to village youth at the cost of Rs 22 crore and Rs 9.81 crore-prize money was distributed to players excelling in international events. Further, to make the sports attractive for Punjabi youth 3 percent Sports quota was introduced in the Government jobs and 10 eminent sports personality were given category A jobs,” he added.
He added that a record provision of Rs 91 crore has been made in the current budget and Rs 13 crore has been set aside for developing play grounds in 1233 villages. Meanwhile, 2200 sportspersons will be graded and will get monthly scholarship of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 per month.
He said that Punjab Government has already finalized the plan to establish Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Center of Excellence in Sports at Mohali with 4 regional campuses at Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Amritsar at the cost of Rs. 100 crore, in which 2000 budding sportspersons would be selected for training.