Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday that the government has made various policy changes and has taken the initiative to encourage and support the sportsmen and sports community even after retiring. Addressing TURF 2020, the 10th Global Sports Summit organized by FICCI, Rijiju said, “We are also starting 1000 Khelo India small centers across the country which employ retired players to shape the country’s sports culture or Some will help achieve the role. “
“When a player suffers, it discourages generations. The government is also making sure that the prize money, financial assistance from the government reaches the athletes and designated beneficiaries seamlessly.”
The Sports Minister mentioned that there are huge possibilities in India where sports are concerned but potential alone has no meaning unless it is used and channeled properly.
Rijiju said, “We should make citizens pro-sports and pro-fitness; we cannot talk about a prosperous India in which citizens should be unfit. We can first achieve success in the sports sector without any sports culture. Can’t talk about it. “
He urged industry, business and corporate houses to work closely with the government in creating a sports-obsessed society.
“There is no shortage in terms of government support, but we are not a sports country. Government efforts alone are not enough. It is people’s efforts, people’s participation that will define the success of sports.” The sports minister said.
“Even though two percent of India’s population watches a sport, whether it is in a stadium or on television, it will make the sport popular and bring money to its development. We must ensure that sports become a major industry in India . ” There can be a huge contribution to the country’s economy, ”said Rijiju.
Apart from this, the Sports Minister said that Khelo India and Fit India Movement are going on vigorously.
“We did not stop the activity even during the pandemic. Athletes who had aided the athletes using digital technology gained knowledge and continued their training,” Rijiju said.
He said, “I have aimed to put India in the top-10 medal-giving countries at the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics. For this effort, we have initiated various policy changes.”
Speaking at the event, Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Minister, Department of Sports and Youth Welfare, Technical Education, Skill Development and Employment, Government of Madhya Pradesh said that the State Departments of Sports can also be the change makers.
“A very good example of this is that in the last Rio Olympics, half of the women’s hockey team was from the state. It shows that if one has the proper coach, one is given the freedom, the proper infrastructure.” Scindia said that sports facilities, he or she can do wonders.
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