Gill inaugurates highest hockey astroturf at Shilaroo

Updated: May 18, 2010, 21:38 PM IST

Shilaroo: Sports Minister M S Gill
on Tuesday inaugurated country`s highest astroturf hockey field at
the high altitude training centre of Sports Authority of India

The Rs 3.5 crore astroturf located at an altitude of
8,500 feet would be equipped to provide training facilities to
hockey players who also can have camps during summer months.

Speaking on the occasion, Gill said that he has been
apprised of the importance of the high altitude training
centre located at about 55 km from Shimla and assured that
more facilities would be provided for training of players.

SAI had spent over Rs five core during the last two years
to develop the infrastructure at this centre and there was
also a proposal to construct 200m six-lane synthetic althetics
track and a gymnasium.

Lauding the effort of Vidya Stokes, president of Hockey
India, in setting up this centre in 1986 and recalling his
days as Deputy Commissioner of Lahaul and Spiti in early
1950s, Gill said, "Himachal had made great progress and
emerged a model state after Kerala and surpassed even Punjab
and Haryana in the field of literacy."