To promote sports at the grass-root level in the disciplines of Wrestling and Boxing, Air Force Boys Sports Squadron was established in 2017 at Air Force Station Jalahalli, Bengaluru. It is a joint venture between IAF and the Sports Authority of India (SAI). The efforts of this venture bore fruit when 16-year-old Sports Trainee Aman Gulia of AFBSS represented India.
He won the Gold Medal in the Freestyle 48 Kg category in the Cadets World Wrestling Championships 2021 held at Budapest from 19 July to 25 July 2021. A total of 15 players from around the world participated in the Freestyle 48 Kg event and Aman Gulia defeated Luke Lilledahl of the USA in the final round to secure the first position.
On 12 October 2021, Air Marshal VPS Rana VSM, Air Officer-in-Charge Administration and President, Air Force Sports Control Board felicitated Aman for his achievement by presenting him with a memento and a cheque of Rs 25,000/- (Rs Twenty-Five Thousand only).
AFBBS aims to nurture young talented sportsmen as part of the “Catch them Young” policy of the Sports Authority of India, with the ultimate aim of preparing them for the Olympics and other international events. Presently, 35 Sports Trainees are undergoing training at AF Station Jalahalli under the guidance of Qualified NIS coaches of the IAF. Out of which 19 are from Wrestling and 16 from Boxing respectively.
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