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Oommen Chandy lays foundation stone for ISPARK

Saturday , 05 March 2016

In a move that could prove to be a quantum leap in the development of sports in Kerala, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy laid the foundation stone for the Institute of Sports Science and Applied Research (ISPARK) at Chingavanam, near Kottayam on February 23.

ISPARK is a first-of-its-kind attempt in India to impact scientific training for both sportspersons and trainers. The Institute will be set up on 11.5 acres of land that was reclaimed from the Travancore Electro-chemicals (Tecil) company, which is now defunct.

Setting up a sports college of international standards will be a great achievement for the state, said Chandy, while adding praise by addressing the Sports Minister, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, for recent achievements in the sector.

“The sports sector in Kerala has witnessed unprecedented development during the stint of Thiruvanchoor. Skipping of from prevailing methods, he appointed sportspersons at the helm of affairs of sport council to ensure its efficiency.” the Chief Minister added.

Minister Thiruvanchoor, during his presidential address, said that this was a move to ensure the presence of a Malayali at the victory podium of the next Olympic Games.

The benediction was delivered by Archbishop Kuriakose Mor Sevarios Metropolitan and other speakers included Sports Council president Anju Bobby George, Secretary Binu George Varghese, district panchayat president Joshy Philip and municipal chairman PR Sona.