Kolkata, November 2, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee recently announced a slew of sporting facilities like setting up four academies- Archery, Table Tennis (TT), Wrestling and Boxing and identified ten disciplines for Indian Railways (IR) sportspersons to hone skill for winning medals in the London Olympics 2012.
Whilst wresting and boxing academies will be set up in Delhi, the archery academy will come up in Kolkata and TT’s in Siliguri, the commercial town of North Bengal.
She said all the academies will come up in the Railway’s land.
Banerjee said the Railways Sports Promotion Board has been giving priorities to particular games where India has hopeful medal winners in the Olympics.
She named six disciplines- archery, wrestling, boxing, gymnastics, athletics and swimming where sports persons of the IR can hope to win medals for the country.
She said four other disciplines would be announced later. She said the players should not bother about their food, shelter and jobs which the government should undertake. But the players must focus on winning medals for the country, which should have a concrete sport policy.
Banerjee was addressing a felicitation at historical Town Hall where Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) invited all the Commonwealth Games medal winners from Bengal.
Winners like Dola Banerjee, Rahul Banerjee (archery), Poulami Ghatak, Mouma Das, Subhojit Saha, Soumyadip Roy (TT), para-swimmer Prasanta Karmakar, weightlifter Sukhen Dey, sprinter, Rahamatulla Molla, tenis ace Leander Paes and Bharat Chettri were present on the ocassion.
Many of them were not present due to pre-occupation, but cheques ranging money between Rs 7 to 8 lakh would be given to their family. The funds are being provided by the KMC.
Banerjee also assured jobs to Rahul Banerjee, Prasanta Karmakar, and two other swimmers Richa Sharma and Amrita Das. The last two were also given cheque of Rs 2 lakh each for crossing English Channel.