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.”