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SHIMLA TO GET INDIA’S FIRST SAI NCOE FOR MTB AND BMX

by Sai Shruti

Date & Time: Mar 25, 2022 11:00 PM

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HIGHLIGHTS-
  • India's first-ever SAI NCOE for MTB and BMX to be constructed in Shimla.
  • The center will be constructed in collaboration with the Himachal Pradesh state government and the Sports Ministry here.
  • The NCOE will have the capacity to train around 200 cyclists for Olympic-level preparations.

Himachal Pradesh is all set to welcome India's first-ever SAI National Centre of Excellence for Mountain Terrain Biking and Bicycle Motocross. The center will be constructed in collaboration with the Himachal Pradesh state government and the Sports Ministry here.

The complex would provide world-class training facilities to Indian cyclists, allowing them to compete for 18 Olympic medals in the disciplines of MTB and BMX.

Facilities at the NCOE

The NCOE will be equipped with 1 XCO Olympic level track, 1 training track with specialized features, 1 BMX track, 1 state-of-the-art indoor gymnasium, an indoor setup with virtual trainers, and hostel facilities for 100 athletes, coaches, and support staff. The NCOE will have the capacity to train around 200 cyclists for Olympic-level preparations.

There will also be a High-Performance Centre for Sports Science with cutting-edge amenities such as an indoor recovery pool, stream, and sauna, a strength and conditioning hall, a biomechanics lab, physiotherapy, anthropometry, and high-tech equipment.

“One of the best high altitude training facilities in the world”

"At an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, this center is one of the best high altitude training facilities in the world. The center will have world-class infrastructure, a state-of-the-art sports science high-performance center, Olympic-level track, and international reputed coaches, where India's best cyclists and local sporting talent can train," the Sports Authority of India said in a statement.

"Shimla emerged as a preffered choice for the NCOE due to the sport's demand for a steep terrain and a good environment for training.” The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding formalized the relationship between the center and the state to build this world-class institution.

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