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Talent abundant, but Punjab needs to create better infrastructure: Harbhajan

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

There is no dearth of talent in but the state needs to create better infrastructure and provide more facilities to youngsters to hone their skills, Singh said today.

"These days, very few kids are coming out to play outdoor sport. To encourage them, we have to create better infrastructure and give them more facilities," the veteran off-spinner, who was chief guest at the launch of a academy of former Reetinder Sodhi, said.

When asked how Reetinder's academy, which he has opened in in Mohali's Togan village will benefit the kids, said, "In even today (sports) infrastructure is lacking. We need more academies like these to come up, these facilities can be in the government or the private sector."

"We need to encourage more and more kids to go out and play outdoor games. It is good to see that Reetinder has opened this academy. From government side too, something has to be done so that more and more kids are encouraged to play. There is no dearth of talent in Punjab," he said.

said it's a matter of concern that kids are getting hooked to their gadgets these days.

"While many kids are hooked these days to gadgets like smart phones, there are some parents who feel that their kids may land up in bad company if they go out. But the point is that if good institutes and academies come up and better infrastructure is created, I am sure kids will be encouraged and then we can convert and channelise the talent of these young kids in a positive manner," Harbhajan said while speaking to PTI.

He also said that culture in needs to be revived.

"We have fallen behind a lot. If you see, after me and Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh), no played for in I am not ready to accept that we are lacking in talent, talent is abundant.

"If we give good facilities and create good opportunities for the young talent, they will shine. We will not only create champions, but also create lot of healthy people and good citizens," the 37-year-old said.

Asked about sportspersons from neighbouring bringing laurels both at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Singh said, "While these sportspersons are bringing medals for their country, but they are also making their state proud. I am sure they (Haryana) must be doing something better than us (Punjab)."

He also said that Punjab needs to revive its old glory in

Harbhajan said that he was keenly following the Commonwealth Games, and was proud of the country's sportspersons who have brought laurels.

"When our tricolour flies high, it makes all of us very proud," he said.

About IPL, he said, "Hopefully, we can lift the trophy for Super Kings."

He also said, "is all about bringing the talent out. A lot of talent has come up, not for India, but even for other counties as well, so it is a great platform."

"You will see lot of U-19 players, they will do well in years to come," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 15:10 IST