first_img“In that backdrop, I see there is a great initiative “In that backdrop, I see there is a great initiative here to give a shot in the arm to Indian sports at this sports exhibition as we need people like these to partner sporting needs of people who are not only at the top, the elite athletes… but the ones starting out as well,” he said.Rohit pointed out that Pune has a special place in his career as after playing his Under-14 and Under-17 cricket in the city, it was here that he was selected for the India Under-17 team.”Being a sportsperson, we all know it is not easy to excel. Lot of dedication and hard work is required and lot of willingness to improve every time you go out on the field. Thats what we all have been doing. I am talking about cricket as I am a cricketer,” said Rohit.”I can see a lot of kids sitting here and I am sure their goal is to represent India at some stage of any sport. I wish them all the best,” he added.Describing Pune as the city that has rich sports culture, Vishwajeet Kadam, the brain behind the PISE, said the city has shown immense growth all sectors including sports.”We now have Pune teams in so many franchisee-based leagues, from ISL to Pro-Kabaddi and I-League, Pune has made its mark in the sporting world,” said Kadam.”Saying that by hosting the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2008, Pune entered a new phase in sports promotion as world standard sporting infrastructure came up where athletes could train and take part in competitions.advertisement”Youngsters look up to people like Rohit Sharma and Gagan Narang and aspire to reach same heights in their chosen sports. Both have achieved high in their disciplines, but the youngsters need proper guidance and training to get anywhere closer to that and with PISE we are trying to give them everything on one stage,” he added. PTI SSR NRB KHS KHS BASlast_img read more