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Netaji Subhash High Altitude Training Centre

Shimla is known as the paradise for tourists and the sports enthusiasts alike. The HPDTC or Himachal Pradesh Development Corporation has developed the different areas of the city and the state by providing all the facilities. It also includes the guides and instructors for different adventure sports. In addition to that, Shimla has very old traditions and facilities which continue since the British Era, for different sports. The sports include swimming, skating, cricket, ice hockey, golf and skiing etc. This tradition is continued by the local people till the date.

The Sports Authority of India or SAI has continued and maintained this tradition with the establishment of a huge sports complex. The sports complex provides the facilities for training the current national players for international competitions at Shilharoo near Shimla. The sports complex is known as Netaji Subhash High Altitude Training Centre.

Netaji Subhash High Altitude Training Centre, Shimla

This institute is spread over 195 bighas of the land at the altitude of 8000 feet in Shilharoo near Shimla. Under the authority of Sports Authority of India, it provides training for different sports including athletics, hockey, basketball; skating, boxing etc. The main idea is to help the players to acclimatize with high altitude conditions.

Defining the High Altitude Conditions

Most of the people are hard pressed to define the high altitude condition. Normally, the quantity of oxygen which is necessary for our life is thick on the sea level. As the altitude increases, the air gets thin, consequently the quantity of the oxygen in the air. The people, who live near the sea level, are used to oxygen in large quantity.

When they visit higher altitudes, they have to put more effort to breathe normally, which saps their energy at rapid rate. The people, who live in higher altitudes, are used to thin air. Most of the Indian players live near the sea level. But, most of the international competitions are held in the higher altitudes. Due to this fact, they start with a major disadvantage in any competition.

The Idea Behind High Altitude Training

After the repeated failures of national players in different games, SAI or Sports Authority of India conducted a thorough study of causes of repeated defeats and its resolution. One of the causes was cited as the high altitude of the sports tournaments in other countries. To provide resolution, SAI decided to open a multi-sports complex in Himalayan ranges for the athletes.

High altitude training is defined as training conducted at the location which is located over 8000 ft above sea level. It also helps the players to acclimatize with the high altitude over a period of time. There are many dedicated athletes who live and train in the higher altitudes all year. They only come down at the lower altitudes for competing in different tournaments and games. As, their body is acclimatized to the high altitudes and the thin air, they have an edge on the other competitors.

About Netaji Subhash High Altitude Training Centre

In 1984, the SAI or Sports Authority of India established Netaji Subhas High Altitude Training Center at Shilharoo, Shimla. The decision was taken after considering many other locations for the institute. This institute provides training to the national sportspersons, who are selected to compete in various international competitions. This also provides them a chance to acclimatize with the high altitude and gives them an advantage for competition. The stay at the location also helps the players to build endurance and stamina. It also helps them with quick recovery after the heavy training sessions of mornings and the evenings.

Warm Up

SAI or Sports Authority of India has established the Netaji Subhash High Altitude Training Centre for the training of national players in most of the games such as boxing, hockey, wrestling, judo, gymnastics etc. The training center is spread over the 195 bighas. It also has equipments and other facilities for various games.

Sports Facilities of the Training Center

The sports facilities at the training institute includes the two big halls, a small fitness centre which have every possible modern gadget and equipment, a 400 meter athletic track, a medical centre and a hockey field which have astro-turf ground.

The first hall is 30 m wide, 50 m long and 12.5 m high. Here, the sports authorizes have provided various facilities for the indoor sports such as volleyball, weightlifting, badminton, basketball and handball. On the right side of the hall, there are changing rooms and visitor’s gallery which can accommodate 500 people. This hall also has a fitness center which has modern equipment for exercise purpose.

The second hall is 40 m long, 20 m wide and 8 m high and it has teak wooden floor. The hall provides the facilities for indoor sports such as gymnastics, table tennis, wrestling and judo.

The Centre has also provided facilities for the outdoor sports such as hockey field with the Astro turf. The hockey field of the Centre is 98 m long and 60 m wide. The athlete track which is 400 m track is a stretch of 195 m long and 95 m wide. The central portion of the racing track, which remains empty, has been utilized for the football players.

The centre plans to construct eight lanes of racing tracks in future. The four lanes will have synthetic surface and the other four, will have natural grass.

Residential Facilities at the Center

The sports complex has two separate hostels for the girls and boys, who are staying here for the duration of the sports training sessions. The boy’s hostel is located in a five storey building, which can accommodate more than 100 players at a time. The girl’s hostel is located nearby in a double storey building where 100 players can be accommodated at a time. All rooms have attached bathrooms and toilets. On the ground floor, a dining hall is situated where the players can go and eat meals. The recreational hall and huge lounge is attached to the dining hall for the players.

High Altitude Training

The institute offers the best medical, boarding and lodging facilities for the players and the coaches during their training period.  The medical facility is located in a separate double storey building in the sports complex. The training institute also provides the residential facility for the employees at the sports complex. A separate electric substation, which has the capacity of 250 KV, has been commissioned for the requirement of sports complex. It is augmented with the additional lines from Kumarsain and Theog. The demand of water for the complex is supplied by lifting water from Kandyali Nullah which is 6 km away from the sports complex.

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