SGPC decides to set up sports academy for girls

To select girls for the teams of hockey, basketball and athletics, the trials will be held at Punjab Armed Police Ground in Jalandhar on March 13 and 14.

SGPC decides to set up sports academy for girls

SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur addresses mediapersons in Amritsar.

Tribune News Service
Amritsar, March 2

In order to provide better opportunities to Sikh girls in the field of sports, it has been decided in the first meeting of the Directorate of Sports for Girls, constituted recently by the SGPC, to set up girls’ sports academy.

SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said a girls’ sports academy dedicated to the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib would be set up.

“To select girls for the teams of hockey, basketball and athletics in this academy, the trials will be held at Punjab Armed Police (PAP) Ground in Jalandhar on March 13 and 14,” said the SGPC president. The hockey academies for boys are already being run by the SGPC, recently recognised by Hockey India this year.

She said, “In the sports academy, players would be selected in the categories of under-15 and under-17. The girls who will be selected for the academy will also be provided quality education, sports equipment, hostel, food and uniforms, etc. The best female coaches will also be provided.”

Regarding the selection procedure, she said, “The final selection would be made by organising sports camps for the selected players after completion of the trials.”

Apart from Bibi Jagir Kaur, sports director Bibi Rajbir Kaur, Arjuna awardee, deputy director Bibi Surjit Kaur, members of the directorate Bibi Harpreet Kaur Barnala, Sumati Kanwar, Poonam Arora, Bibi Parminder Kaur Pannu and Bibi Rajinder Kaur were also present.

Bibi Jagir Kaur expressed grief over death of Prof Narinjan Singh Dhesi. The SGPC president said Prof Dhesi not only guided society through his writings but also did research in the field of Gurmat. She said Prof Narinjan Singh was a research writer whose demise is a great loss to the literary circles.

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