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City to get world-class equestrian sport facility

Chandigarh, Jun 18 (UNI) The Chandigarh Administration is planning to develop a world-class equestrian sport facility in the institutional area of Sarangpur.

Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen (Retd) SF Rodrigues today asked the members of Equestrian and Equine Development Association to extend their partnership and professional expertise in this endeavour.

The UT Administration has planned full range of equestrian activities on 23 acres of land in the institutional area, offering various facilities and combining it with tourism.

After seeing a presentation given by the Equestrian and Equine Development Association, led by Col JS Virk, Secretary of Indian Polo Association and Col Sarpartap Singh, Secretary General Equestrian Federation of India, for developing Equestrian Sports in Chandigarh, Gen Rodrigues said that the equestrian facility must be planned and developed, keeping in view the needs of the region and the supportive infrastructure requirements for organising various national and international events.

''There is a need of designing and creating facility for horse breeding and stabling equipped with latest state-of-art technologies,'' Gen Rodrigues said.

He asked the Finance Secretary to explore the possibility of getting funds from Sports Authority of India and the Ministry of Sports for this project.

While highlighting the aims and objectives in the presentation, the Equestrian and Equine Development Association emphasised the concept of combining leisure and equestrian projects with focus on promoting equestrian in the region, training in horse riding and promoting Chandigarh as an international tourist destination. The Association assured to extend their partnership in this project.


Story first published: Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 15:35 [IST]
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