Making Tourism one of its key focus areas in the service sector mission, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to set up an international sports center in Lambasingi, along with an Archery Academy in Araku.

In a review meeting on Youth Advancement, Tourism, Culture and Sports held here, the Chief Minister directed the officials to identify 20 sportspersons from each sport and provide training to excel in their respective fields.

“Appoint national and international trainers to provide intensive coaching to the players and train them in developing a career as sportspersons” he said. He also directed the officials to ascertain where Andhra Pradesh stands in each sports field internationally. Work towards making the state in the top 5 positions in sports, he added.

He further directed the officials to send proposals to the union government on developing Tirupati, Chittoor, Kurnool, Vijayawada, Kakinada and Visakhapatnam under Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme.

For the development of playgrounds in schools, the Chief Minister asked the officials to distribute the concerned funds district-wise and use it for sports development. “Hold national and state level meets so that the local players will get an opportunity to interact with national players and learn to aim high,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister directed the officials to organize cultural events to make students aware of the various cultural forms in the state. He added that the government will train youth in arts, painting, music and other cultural programs.

Minister Acchan Naidu, SAP Chairman P.R. Mohan, Vice-Chairman Chakravarthy, tourism secretary Nirab Kumar and others were present.


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