Prime Minister Modi chairs a meeting with officials of the sports ministry for the preparation of the Tokyo Olympics

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over a meeting with the sports ministry officials on the preparation of India for the next Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The meeting was held last month and details have come out now.

Modi led the meeting at his residence, 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, on November 20. The meeting was attended by the secretary of sports, general director of Sports Authority of India (SAI) and CEO of Scheme of the Target Olympic Games podium ( TOPS ).

Several new schemes were discussed, including the 'Principle of a game of a state' policy and the inclusion of the corporate sector in sports to improve the condition of athletes.

It was decided that States would examine the Principle of a state, a game and its modalities will also be resolved. The objective would be to ensure that a state is competent in a single sport in which it has the special aptitude and work to obtain an Olympic gold medal in it. Children from other states who wish to compete in that sport can also be sent to this particular state.

For this, the sports ministry may examine the records of performance of players and medals received by each State in the last 20 years. They should actively engage with the Indian diaspora in and around Tokyo to work on the principle of 'One Family One Player' whereby one Indian family from the diaspora can adopt one player from the team during his/her stay in Tokyo.

Business houses and the possibility of one of them aligning and promoting a particular sport for the Olympic Games in such a way that sports are linked to the company's prestige. In return, players of that sport can use the colors of the Industrial/Business house.

Under the Guru Shishya Parampara, the Sports Department must have an online portal where all Coaches (Gurus) can register with the details of their students (Shishyas), with other necessary details.

They should also, within 2 months, also prepare a database of global players of Indian origin. Making it a subject of any Pravaasi Bharatiya Diwas can be examined by the Department. In addition, you can also examine the organization of a world sporting event/competition of these athletes of Indian origin.

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