Chandigarh, Sep 2 : Punjab Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi on Monday said the University of Birmingham (UK) would join hands with the Punjab government in harnessing the enormous sporting talent that the state possesses.
The sporting infrastructure in the Maharaja Bhupindra Singh Sports University, Patiala will be developed and assistance rendered in strengthening and streamlining the academic programme of the University.
This was stated by the Minister during a meeting with a high-level delegation, comprising British Deputy High Commissioner Andrew Ayre, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching, University of Birmingham Dr Martin Toms and India Country Institute Director Dipankar Chakraborty.
Mr Sodhi said the partnership between the Punjab government and the University of Birmingham would cover a whole gamut of areas, including psychology, physiology, nutrition, coaching etc. All the other aspects, he said, such as talent identification, talent development and talent support, health management of the players, development of academic programmes and training in sports science will also be covered.
The delegation members also praised the sporting potential of the players of Punjab and assured the minister of active assistance in bringing sports standards to perfection in the state. (UNI)