Shilaru: Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur on Sunday inaugurated the newly constructed 6-lane 200 meter synthetic athletic track at the High Altitude Training Center of Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Shilaru, Himachal Pradesh. This is the first track in the country built at an altitude of 8,000 feet. There is also a high altitude hockey synthetic track at the SAI center in Shilaru.
“This state-of-the-art track facility is an important one, which has been designed to boost the sports landscape of the region and the country,” Thakur said at the event. This will enable athletes to adapt to high altitude conditions and increase their stamina and quick recovery after intense training sessions. Our government is committed to making sports accessible and creating a more competitive environment for athletes.’The SAI High Altitude Training Center in Shilaru already has hostels that can accommodate 100 male athletes and 50 female athletes.
It has 2 multipurpose halls, an astroturf hockey field, 13 staff quarters and a guest house. The launch of the synthetic athletics track has also been completed. Training at mountain altitude helps the athlete’s body produce more red blood cells and improve endurance capacity, giving an upper edge during competitions. The program Himachal Pradesh Minister of Youth Services & Sports and PWD Vikramaditya Singh, Member of Parliament Suresh Kumar Kashyap and Senior Executive Director of NSNIS, Patiala, Colonel Raj Singh Bishnoi were also present.