Chandigarh, January 30: The Punjab Sports Department would conduct trials from February 1 to admit budding players (boys & girls) as residential/day scholars in newly setup Punjab Institute of Sports (PIS), sports academies and sports wings of schools for the academic session 2016-17. The selection trials would be conducted across the state in respect of Hockey, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Table Tennis and Judo for various age groups at different places.
Disclosing this, an official spokesman said that Deputy Chief Minister S. Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also holds sports portfolio, is heralding revolutionary changes in state sports arena in order to result intalented players for to compete at international level and is making sure that players are provided with every required facility free of cost. He said that keeping in view this vision of Deputy CM these scheduled trials would be conducted from February 1st till February19th in different stadia.
Divulging more details, the spokesman said trials in Hockey (boys & girls) having age U-14, 17, 19 age category would be held at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium Burlton Park, Jalandhar for three days. Trials for U-14 category would be held on 2nd and 3rd February, U-17 on 4th and 5th February while U-19 trials would take place on 6th February. Selection trials for Football (boys) U-14 age category would be held on 18th and 19th February at Government Senior Secondary School (Football Academy) Mahilpur in Hoshiarpur while trials for all age groups of boys and girls in Athletics would be held at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana on 7th and 8th February.
The spokesman added that Basketball (boys & girls) U-14 trials would take place on 7th and 8th February and for Volleyball (boys & girls) U-17, 19 category would be held on 9th and 10thFebruary at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana. Trials of Table Tennis (boys & girls) U-10, 12, 15 age categories would take place on 5th and 6th Feb