Anil Kumble © AFP
Anil Kumble © AFP

In a bid to promote sports talent in the rural parts, Andhra State government is proposing to tie up with Tenvic, a sports institute founded by legendary Indian cricketer, Anil Kumble. According to the officials of the state government, they are planning to give coaching to students — from Class IV to Class VI in athletics — before entering into an association with the sporting institute headed by the former leggie.

Stressing more on the concept, Sports and Youth Advancement Special Chief Secretary LV Subramanyam revealed that students would be given training in athletics (jumps, throws and running) at selected centers. A specialist coach, to be hired from abroad, will impart  training to students as well as Physical  Education Teachers (PETs) in athletics.

“Around 150 to 200 students will be given training in each centre. As athletics is mother of sports, initially, we will train the students in athletics. After completion of training, we will select the talented students and send them to Tenvic Sports Management. There, students are free to select their choice of sports and games,’’ Subramanyam told as per Indian Express.

The former Indian skipper coached the Indian  cricket team from mid 2016 to June 2017, leading India to a highly-successful Test season and runners-up in 2017 Champions Trophy. Nonetheless, his removal from the post sparked enough controversy; due to a spat with skipper Virat Kohli.

Kumble has been a part of several expert panel discussions; including the most recent IPL 2018 auction. His involvement with the students, at any level, will be a humongous and set up a strong base for them.