Kerala’s high-altitude training centre ready

March 14th, 2008 - 12:26 am ICT by admin  

Kozhikode, March 13 (IANS) Kerala’s first high-altitude training centre for sportspersons will open at Munnar Sunday. The centre is located at an altitude of 1460 metres from sea level. “Indian athletes taking part in Beijing Olympics will undergo 40-day training at the centre from Sunday,” Kerala Sports Council president T.P. Dasan told a press conference here Thursday.

State Sports Minister M. Vijayakumar will inaugurate the centre.

Munnar is a hill station in Idukki district, located around 130 km east of Kochi.

“This will be the second high-altitude training centre in the country. The first one is in Himachal Pradesh,” said Dasan.

The work on the centre began in 1995 and the government has spent Rs.57.9 million on the facility. The centre has athlete tracks, volleyball court and hostel facilities.

In the second phase of expansion, swimming pool, synthetic tracks and techno-gym will be added, he said.

Dasan said Kerala would bid for the 2009 National Games. “The government has already allotted Rs.10 million for making the bid. We are planning to host the games at Thiruvananthapuram,” he said.

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