A few years ago, Bidar district was lacking sports infrastructure, however, owing to the initiative of the district administration an indoor sports complex, a swimming pool and three lawn tennis courts hve come upConstruction of the swimming pool and the tennis courts have been completed. During a visit to the district, the former Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa, charmed by the swimming pool, directed the Shimoga Deputy Commissioner to build a similar one in Shimoga.
Built at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore, the pool has eight lanes and occupies an area of 1100 square metres. The Department of Youth Services and Sports has fixed fee for users to use the pool on a daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly basis.
The Bidar District Police Tennis Club has constructed three lawn tennis —two synthetic and one clay.
The synthetic courts have been built atop the Habshikot cliff.
The club conducts training sessions for children and senior players at the clay court that borders the police parade grounds. The Indoor stadium, the other big sporting facility, will open this summer. It has four shuttle badminton courts with wood panels on all sides, and one room each for squash, table tennis, gymnastics and martial arts, including wrestling. “All the facilities in the stadium are of international standards,” says Deputy Commissioner and stadium committee chairman Sameer Shukla. “We will not only allow youngsters to play here, but also train them in various sports,” he said.
The indoor stadium has a gallery with a seating capacity of 500, rooms for sportspersons, toilets, two office suites and a visitors' area. Construction of a parking area and a garden with statues of sportspersons is under way.
There are two government gymnasia in the city that are open to the public.
Latest equipment are installed in the fitness club of the district administration in the district stadium and the one behind the District Police Office.
“Eight new gymnasia have come up in the last 5 to 6 years, taking the total number of such clubs in the city to 12,” says Syed Tanveer, secretary of the state amateur body building association. The association is conducting the national amateur body building championships in Bidar this May.
Source: The Hindu