Hyderabad: In a bid to provide a platform and scout young talent in schools, the Sports For All, a start-up initiative by Rishikesh Joshi, has joined hands with the Telangana State government and Sports Authority of Telangana State (SATS). The start-up along with TS government and SATS will conduct the youth sports championship from November 4 to 17 at Gachibowli Stadium and LB Stadium.
The inter-school championship will be held in 23 disciplines in all age categories from age 6 to 18. The competitions, according to Rishikesh, will be held on international standards and the talented kids will be given platform to showcase their mettle. The SFA will also select talented athletes in few disciplines and support them in training and help them achieve bigger targets.
Announcing the partnership with the SFA, sports secretary to Telangana State Burra Venkatesham said that the championship will help the State produce future champions. “India will bid for Olympics in the future and Hyderabad will be the venue. So to make champions in the future for 2028, 2032 or so, the present school children should be trained. That is the reason we have decided to conduct this tournament in schools. We know there is a lot of talent in the grassroots.
“This event will provide them right platform. Not only schools in Hyderabad, we are also talking to few districts surrounding Hyderabad to participate in the event. This will be conducted on the lines of school Olympics. Government schools will be given free entry. Every student should utilise this opportunity and compete in sports,” he said.
Speaking about the event, Rishikesh divulged that they had had successfully conducted the event in Mumbai for the last two years. “We got good response. “We want to come to Hyderabad now and start the championship here. There are over 2,100 schools in the city. The competitions will be recorded and we will make note of each athlete. SFA is inspired on Olymipc model. So we are concentrating on 6 to 18 age group. We want to give equality to all the sports so we chose 23 disciplines. Each athlete will be treated equally. We don’t want the talent to go waste. We have hosted in Mumbai and around 35,000 have competed in the second edition,” he said.
SATS managing director Dinakar Babu said the State will be active from now on in sports with the event like this. “It will be like mini Olympics for all schools. The athlete will get to perform on a bigger platform. We will support from the State government,” he added.
SATS chairman A Venkateshwar Reddy also lauded the organisers for choosing Hyderabad as the second destination. “We want more than 500 schools to participate. This provides more opportunities for schools and all must utilise the opportunity,” he added.
The fee for each school will be 12,000 per annum and a student can register with an fee of Rs 200. Registered athlete can participate in all 23 disciplines. For registration, visit www.sfanow.in.
Disciplines: Handball, basketball, volleyball, throwball, hockey, kabaddi, football, waterpolo, kho kho, judo, Taekwando, boxing, fencing, karate, badminton, tennis, table tennis, athletics, shooting, archery, carrom, swimming and chess.