Chen­nai to have AFC Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence


It’s a big mo­ment for In­dian foot­ball, open­ing up op­por­tu­ni­ties for re­search in the game, in­jury pre­ven­tion and im­prov­ing stan­dards. Sri Ra­machan­dra’s Cen­tre for Sports Science (CSS) in Chen­nai has been cho­sen as a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence by the Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (AFC).

CSS is the first fa­cil­ity in the coun­try and the sub­con­ti­nent to re­ceive the AFC hon­our.

Dr Gur­cha­ran Singh, chair­man of AFC’S med­i­cal com­mit­tee and a mem­ber of FIFA’S med­i­cal panel, said, “From to­day, CSS will be a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence for AFC, as it has met all the yard­sticks. And the AFC guide­lines are the same as that of the FIFA.”

The Malaysia­based Dr Singh in­spected the fa­cil­i­ties and was pleased with what he saw.

“You have ev­ery­thing un­der one com­plex here. A hos­pi­tal, a Univer­sity where re­search is bound to be un­der sharp fo­cus, and ad­vanced sports train­ing and treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties. It’s state of the art,” he said.

Dr S. Aru­mugam, di­rec­tor, CSS, said, “The AFC recog­ni­tion is a dream come true for us and is in line with the vi­sion of Ra­maswamy Uda­yar, the founder­chan­cel­lor of Sri Ra­machan­dra Univer­sity, who only wanted ex­cel­lence.”


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