Sports in Bijapur
The history of sports is as old as mankind. The early history of sports involves the training and preparation for war and hunting. The district of Bijapur has produced some of the best talents in cycling in the national circuit. Premalata Sureban was part of the Indian contingent at the Perlis Open in Malaysia. In recognition of the talents in cycling, the state government has already laid a cycling track at the B.R Ambedkar stadium in Bijapur.
Dr. B. R Ambedkar Sports Complex in Bijapur district, Karnataka is the main centre for all activities related to sports. Many facilities are available in this sports complex for track and field events, football, volley ball, basketball, cricket and velodrome for cycling. Apart from this, the Sainik School in Bijapur and the private trust run BLDEA's medical college and engineering college campus has the access for fitness and sports. The most popular games in the rural areas of Bijapur are kabaddi and kho kho. Having a winning team of football and volleyball is a matter of prestige for all the schools and colleges in Bijapur. Cricket is the popular game among the local youth in Bijapur. Every year, the district administration conduct sports meet during the Dasara festival to identify the future talents.
Schools Providing Sports Facilities in BijapurSainik School in Bijapur is one of the 25 Sainik schools of India, established by the Government of India in 1963. The Sainik School in Bijapur prepares boys to join the army. This school provides various facilities to improve the talents in sports. The Sainik school cadets have secured trophies at the national level. There is a fitness training center in this school and the training starts at 5:30 am. Training is done under the guidance of army instructors and the students can play their favorite games in the evening at 4:30 pm. There is a gym, swimming poll, horse stable and snooker table in this school.
The gymnasium in the Sainik School is well equipped and well maintained with the most modern facilities. A number of gym equipments are there in this gymnasium for body building. This gymnasium has an indoor badminton court and billiards and pool tables. The school has play grounds for basketball, hockey, football and volleyball. Many of these courts are deco turf courts of international standards. The cadets are provided regular physical training in swimming and gymnastics and specialized coaching in hockey, football, volleyball and basketball.
The Youth Empowerment and Sports Department in BijapurThe youth empowerment and sports department in Karnataka has a branch in Bijapur district. This department was established in the year 1969 with the aim of channelizing the dynamism of youth in nation building activities. The department will help all those are connected with the activities of youth and sports persons in this district. Adventure sports taking roots in a big way among the youth in Karnataka. The department has established GETHNAA in the year 1982 and this academy has started adventure centers in many places in Bijapur. They conduct regular terrestrial, aqua and aero adventure sports.
Dasara Sports Meet in BijapurDasara is a festival that celebrates victory of truth over evil. In this festival a sports meet is organized along with wrestling, poet's meet, food festival and a film festival witnessed by large number of people. Competitions will be held in various sports items such as basketball, ball badminton, football, gymnastics, hand ball, hockey, swimming, kabaddi, kho - kho, table tennis, tennis and volley ball in Bijapur on this occasion.
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