Deputy Speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad on Tuesday flagged off the professional watersports training in kayaking and canoeing at the Nagayalanka Watersports Academy at the Nagayalanka ghat in river Krishna in Krishna district.
The Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh has set up the academy to groom the local children into national players. The location has been chosen for the academy based on the recommendations of the experts from Kerala and international players representing India.
The first batch of 50 students including 15 girls in the 11-15 age group are selected from the local government schools.
“They will be provided with a rigorous professional training based on their interest in the two sports,” SAAP coach C. Nagababu told The Hindu. The SAAP has engaged two coaches and acquired boats to groom them.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Buddha Prasad said tenders had been invited for the construction of the academy building. “The association of the local communities with the river will become an added advantage in the adventurous sports,” he said. He promised support from the local communities for the development of the academy, reminding that the annual boat race conducted by the locals in river Krishna would help promote water sports in Diviseema.