Babykutty: It is an added feather in the cap of Kerala as well as Kannur to have an exclusively (to be Air conditioned) Indoor Stadium in Mundayad with a seating capacity of 5000. It is the first of its kind in the Northern Region of Kerala. The stadium was inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on January 15, 2015 in the presence of Ministers Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and K.C. Joseph on the land that once belonged to the Animal Husbandry Department’s regional poultry farm.
This multi-purpose indoor stadium constructed at Mundayad for hosting basketball and wrestling events of the 35th National Games is expected to give an impetus to sports in the district and received praise from international players as well as from the international referees who participated in the Games.
The stadium has been constructed on 6.55 hectares at Mundayad which had been handed over to the District Sports Council by the Animal Husbandry Department for developing the proposed sports complex. The stadium is situated 7 km away from Kannur Town. It is a suitable place to organize all sorts of national as well as international level indoor games such as basketball, volleyball, table-tennis, gymnastics, handball, boxing, wrestling, badminton, tennis etc. and can be hired for such sporting events. It possesses the central arena of 6o m x 40 m size, the biggest in the State, and can accommodate 3 basketball courts, rooms for participants and glass cubicles for commentators, broadcasters (like Doordarshan) and others in the media.
Apart from this an outdoor floodlit facility for basketball and other games is also present. The design of the building and energy-saving measures adopted make this structure unique. Advanced techniques in lighting, ventilation and roofing have reduced cost of the project considerably.
It will be unfair if we don’t congratulate nor recognise the service of Engineers from National Games Secretariat as well as the consultants of BSNL for making this one of the best indoor stadia in India at a cost of 33 crores. I also take this opportunity to congratulate and thank the work done by Ray Constructions and Muhammad Haji who have done the outer works to make this as an international arena.
From a technical standpoint, International Standard Mats were brought from Switzerland for wrestling and in basketball it was for the first time (for a nationally hosted event) that every team coach was given statistics during the interval to analyse their players’ performance. Four sided shot clock, timers etc. were also introduced for the first time in the history of the National Games.
The team under District Collector Balkiran IAS, organising Secretary Loyit Joseph, Local MLA Abdulla Kutty, Sports Council President Bineesh ADM and Sub collectors IOA Representative V P Pavithran etc. gave their full support to the Competition Managers of wrestling and basketball which made the Kannur National Games a memorable one for everyone.