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The state of Uttarakhand has a number of sports academies which provide sports playing and coaching facilities to the people. People love their sports here in Uttarakhand and it is one of the main attractions of tourists visiting Uttarakhand.
Water Sports in Dehradun
Water sports have become a big draw for locals and tourists alike in Dehradun since the opening of Asan Barrage, located 43 kms from Dehradun city on Dehradun – Chandigarh/Shimla National Highway. The local Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam took the initiative in 1994 to develop this facility, which has today bloomed as an incredible water sports resort, which offers facilities for numerous water sports activities.
The local water sports resort offers facilities for various water sports like water skiing, boating, rowing, kayaking, canoeing etc. These exhilarating activities can be enjoyed by both children and adults who visit this facility to enjoy a world of fun. Entire days can be spent here in the waters rowing and canoeing.
Asan Barrage is famous as a Bird Sanctuary which offers refuge to several species of migratory birds that choose this water resort as their home and dwell there for the whole winter season. As such, this constitutes an additional bonus for wildlife lovers during winters to converge on the Asan Barrage and view these beautiful migratory birds from foreign lands.
Sports Training in Uttarakhand
Maharana Pratap Sports College, Dehradun - Uttarakhand state government has setup a residential sports college in Dehradun for emerging sports enthusiasts of the age group of 10 to 12 years. Presently it is providing technical training in six sporting events namely, Athletics, Football, Volleyball, Boxing, Cricket and Hockey, while the sports training is supplemented with mainstream education from 6th to 12th class from Uttarakhand State Board. The prestigious sports college covers an area of 103 acres. It is located at Thano Road in Raipur block which is approximately 10 Kms from Dehradun city.
- Sports College, Village Lelu, District Pithoragarh (sanctioned)
- Jaspal Rana Shooting Range at Village Mazhon, P.O. Poundha, via Prem Nagar, Dehradun 248001 , India
- The National School of Cricket, Dehradun - a joint venture of Abhimanyu Cricket Academy and Asian School - has been envisioned to become the foremost nurturing grounds for young and emerging cricketing talent in the country. This cricket school was inaugurated in April 2008.
One of the most important sporting events held in recent years is South Asian Winter Games in 2011. The games were carried out by the Indian Olympic Association and the Winter Games Federation of India.