Hyderabad: Telangana State Sports School’s long wish was finally fulfilled. TSSS, which had worn out equipment some dated back to 2002 National Games, had to something to cheer about as new equipment has been brought for all sports disciplines for the new academic year.
Located in Hakimpet and one of the prime centres for nurturing the talent in the State, the new equipment is worth over Rs 90 lakh. Sports School director Narasaiah said that they finally got the equipment they have been fighting for.
“Everyone in the school is very happy. We put forward the proposal for the new equipment four months ago to SATS officials. The equipment has been brought in weightlifting, archery, football, volleyball, gymnastics and other games,” he said.
Sports Officer Ratan Kumar Bose said that the gymnastics equipment will come by the end of this month. “Gymnastics and archery equipment is due to come. It was supposed to come by last month itself. But by the end of this month everything will be here.”
A relieved gymnastic coach Satish Reddy said that the equipment had worned out and could have caused injuries to gymnasts. “What we have been using is very old. The students trained on them but it was always a threat of injuries. Once we set up the new equipment, they can be trained in advance techniques fearlessly,” he added.
Weightlifter Erra Deexita was delighted with the new equipment. “The old equipment was in very poor in condition. We started training with the new one recently. It is very good. We got the best standard equipment (Elko brand) which is number one in the world. It gives us extra motivation to work harder,” she pointed out.
However, the platform in the weightlifting training arena is still old and coach Manikyala Rao said it would take another three to four months to shift to new place. “We are going to move to old gymnastic hall which is bigger in place. But we are yet to get the platform and to set up that and start training in new place it might take another few months,” he added.