India’s biggest gymnastics centre coming up in Thane, will boast of international specifications

India's biggest gymnastics centre coming up in Thane, will boast of international specifications
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One of India’s largest real estate developers, Tata Housing, will build the country’s biggest gymnastics centre in Thane in partnership with the Thane Municipal Corporation.

The 1.2 lakh-square foot centre will be developed in a public-private partnership model with the Thane Municipal Corporation at Pokhran Road II, one of Thane’s most premium locations.

The facility will include an arena to accommodate all six disciplines of gymnastics, two team rooms with separate areas for players and coaches, a physiotherapy room, a music room, VIP rooms, a jury room, an administration area, a gymnasium, and a yoga room.

Designed to host 300 viewers, the multi-story facility is expected to cost Rs 25 crore and be ready in a year’s time.

“We are honored to associate with the Thane Municipal Corporation to develop India’s largest gymnastics centre. The Centre will be designed to international specifications, will provide access to world class training facilities and equipment,” said MD and CEO Tata Housing, Brotin Banerjee.

“We are committed to supporting the state and the nation in its efforts to nurture world class gymnasts, and we believe this facility built exclusively for gymnasts is a step in that direction,” he added.

The facility will also help encourage more young players to take up the sport.

“This facility, including flooring and equipment, will be designed as per international standards and serve all six disciplines of gymnastics. Moreover, it will exclusively focus on the sport of gymnastics allowing young and seasoned players to train in an uninterrupted and safe environment. I believe facilities of this kind will encourage younger players to pursue the sport and be trained up to Olympic standards,” said International Gymnast and Coach and Shiv Chhatrapati Awardee, Pooja Surve.

Last year, Deepa Karmakar created history by becoming the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Rio Olympics. Even though she failed to bring a medal home, she was lauded for her performance and inspired many others to take up the sport.

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