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Navy Chief Felicitates National Sailing School Students

Bhopal — Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma Wednesday said he had chalked out a programme, with help from the Yachting Association of India, to provide financial assistance and other amenities to the National Sailing School situated at the Boat Club in the state capital.

The Navy chief was speaking as the chief guest of a function organised by National Sailing School. On this occasion, Admiral Verma, on behalf of the Indian Navy, presented 10 sails to the sailing school.

The programme, held to encourage talented students of National Sailing School, was presided over by Urban Administration and Development Minister Babulal Gaur.

Tourism, Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Tukojirao Puar, MLA Jitendra Daga, Director Sports and Youth Welfare Sanjay Choudhary and a host of naval officers attended the programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Admiral Verma said a programme, marking the 60th foundation day of Yachting Association of India, will be held in the state capital.

He noted the performance of the sailing school students, who have won 14 national and 38 international medals in just three years.

Felicitating talented students, Admiral Verma gave away Rs 90 thousand to Shikhar Garg, for his performance at the international level. The award was received by Shikhar’s mother as the former was not in the city.

Another sailing school student – Ekta Yadav – was presented a reward of Rs 50,000. Ekta is awat at a training camp and the award was collected by her father on her behalf.

Urban Administration and Development Minister Babulal Gaur said that Bhopal is known for its water bodies and Upper Lake has been described as the best for water sports by experts. But it should be ensured that its water is not polluted in any way.

In his welcome address, Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Tukojirao Puar threw light on the activities of National Sailing School and Madhya Pradesh Sports Department.

He demanded that Madhya Pradesh Director of Sports should be made member of Yachting Association of India’s selection committee, Sailing Development Committee and council so that they can spell out expectations of state yachtsmen at these forums.

He said a permanent coach from Indian Navy should be provided at National Sailing School at Bhopal and more boats should be made available to the school by making it a training centre.

Presenting the school progress report, Director Sports and Youth Welfare Sanjay Choudhary informed that this, the first sailing school of its kind in the country, was established in the year 2006 with only 21 students.

He highlighted the national and international achievements the school students have recorded in such a short span of time.

He said that the Sports Department has been providing all possible assistance to the students of this school and hoped that the National Sailing School will continue to receive the cooperation extended to it by the Indian Navy.

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