Hyderabad: National chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand launched the sports facility Gaudium Sportopia, first residential high-performance sports facility at Gaudium School, which was aimed to promoting and producing world class athletes, on Tuesday.
The project, which will have Olympic and international standard infrastructure facilities over 25 sporting disciplines, is expected to be fully operational by 2020, revealed Gopichand, Kirthi Reddy, director and founder of The Gaudium School and Mangipudi Prasad, the strategic consultant for Gaudium Sportopia.
All the sporting facilities will be created inside the school premises and it will have residential facility making it easy for the students to cut down on travel time and focus on both study and sports. Speaking at the launch, Gopichand said that the projects like these are the need of the hour if India has to become a strong sporting nation.
“I think this is a wonderful initiative. With Education and Sports facilities accommodated at one place, there will not be any compromise between the two. I feel education and sports should go together and this will give a big boost to Indian sports. We will rope in foreign coaches and other Indian coaches who are either professionals or former international players. So there is no compromise on quality of coaching as well. We are fully dedicated as we believe in quality of coaching only can produce results. Ten years from now, I hope this facility will produce champions,” he added.
A total of Rs 180 crore has been invested to build The Gaudium out of which Rs 45 crore will go into building the Sportopia, according to Prasad. “The State of the art stadium will accommodate around 2000 students. We already have eight badminton courts with 400 students. It is built in and around 27 acres. The students will be trained from 5 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 8 pm with studies between 9 am to 3 pm. The football, athletics, table tennis and basketball academies will be ready by October while the whole project will be in place for operation by 2020,” added Prasad.
Director Krithi Reddy said that it was her dream to have all the facilities – education, sports, art and culture, at one place so that a student can chose whatever one wants. “We have done a lot of research roaming around different institutions before coming up with this project. Our main goal is to find talent at grassroots level and provide high-quality coaching and produce sports champions for the country. With Gopichand as our mentor and advisor, we have a roadmap that is bound to produce results,” she pointed out.
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