Few points about Shilaroo SAI Centre:
>> It is located at an altitude of 8,000 feet and surrounded by picturesque Narkanda and Hatu peaks and some 52 km from Shimla, the capital Himachal Pradesh (India).
>> It has excellent indoor facilities for handball, volleyball, badminton, basketball, table tennis, fencing and wrestling apart from gymnasium and hostel facilities.
The construction of the hockey stadium has drawn a lot of criticism, especially from the sport fraternity, for such a huge investment in an area where the temperatures remains below freezing point from mid-October to February. Three times Olympian Pragat Singh thinks otherwise and said: “It is scientifically proven that training in an oxygen-deficient environment increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. Practicing at such a high-altitude helps the players to utilise greater amounts of oxygen that will enhance their capabilities.”
Hockey stadium at high-altitude Shilaroo inaugurated- Hindustan Times