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Gujarat Sports and Recreation acts as a catalyst for Health and well being Therapy. It rejuvenates, relaxes, inspires and enlightens.

There are many independent sports associations with National and Regional affiliate in Gujarat. They conduct a variety of tournaments, as well as coaching activity in the state. The Gujarat Cricket Association, an affiliate of the BCCI conducts its own tournaments in the open (without age restrictions) as well as age group related circuits. The Sports Authority of Gujarat also conducts state level tournaments for under 19 age group.

Gujarat aims to use this powerful game to bring changes in society. GCA represents four important committees that include BCCI work committee, Tour and program committee, Finance committee and Junior cricket committee. Indian Premier League (IPL) matches will be organized under GCA in 2010 and further developments in Cricket aim to set Gujarat on higher scale in the field of Sports.
Operational as an Autonomous organization of the Government known as SAG since May 1993, Sports in Gujarat see a new light as SAG enables Gujarat school children and sports persons in five main national forums, namely :

SGFI Games (School Games Federation of India)
National Rural Games (organised by the Sports Authority of India)
National Women’s Sports Festival (organised by the Sports Authority of India)
Subroto Mukherjee Cup for football (organised by the Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society sponsored by the Indian Air Force Sports Control Board)
The Jawaharlal Nehru Cup for hockey (organised by J. L. Nehru Hockey Tournament Society).
Sports Authority of Gujarat plays a vital role in identifying and set activities that is aimed at creating interest and opportunities of participation in different games in various, including, rural areas.
Goal Strategies for Sports:
Popularize Culture of Sports
By creating a state-wide conducive atmosphere for the culture of sports to take root and thrive
Identify talent through scientific methods to be trained in sports hostels
Promote Excellence
Sports Environment in Gujarat focus mainly on Children/students, women and in General
Schools : Identify Talent, provide equipment and coaching to schools, provide assistance to rural schools, organize Vacation camps and arrange for competitions

Women : Provide Self Defence Training and scholarships. Promote women talents and nurture them

General : Set up Taluka Fitness centers and host National Events.

Gujarat has State of Art complex and facilitates Sports grounds for various Games like
Indoor and Outdoor games, few to mention here:
Sports and Recreation :

Beach Sports :

Go Carting
Horse Riding

Para sailing
Para Gliding
Speed Boats
Water scooters

Gujarat also focus in Rural Olympics as 2008 Tarnetar Gramin Olympics saw a new light in the direction. Rural Olympics is expected to be held in March 2010 at Tarnetar, Devgadh Baria and Ahwa Dangs Dist. Scholarships for Women participants will be awarded to encourage Women players.

Complex for indoor and outdoor games are taking shape at Gandhinagar and in Rural areas too; keeping in mind, the long term effects on health and fitness of the people and enhance performance of sportsman.

In Gujarat, the largest Indoor Cricket arena is being constructed at Koba, Gandhinagar. The Indoor stadium shall be totally air conditioned and will be built at a cost of Rs 100 crore. When complete it shall be India largest stadium with four courts, eight floors a fitness center, food court shopping complex and other world class facilities. Sports enthusiast from Gujarat will have excellent sporting and fitness facilities with areas set aside for Indoor cricket, beach volleyball and beach soccer.

Kankaria Lake front development is operational as Recreation center with facilities to cater to families. It has Train ride, boating, zoo, Botannical garden, Museum and fish aquarium and a host of other recreational facilities.

The beaches in Gujarat and rural areas are being transformed for recreation and tourist attractions. Water Sports, Sun bathing, Star gazing, Bird watching, exploring marine life, cruise surfs and meditation are other recreational areas where people rejuvenate their lives.

Religious places and Tourist destinations in Gujarat have a unique traditional Getaway engaging in cultural and Spiritual experience. Many places have heritage background with scenic beauty, camel rides and traditional accommodation in tents and huts, enjoying nature.

For More Information
http://www.gswan.gov.in, Gujarat State Wide Area Network Gujarat Tourism : External website that opens in a new window http://india.gov.in, The National Portal of India https://www.digitalgujarat.gov.in/, Digital Gujarat