'India looking beyond the Tokyo Olympics to emerge sports power'
MOODBIDRI: India is looking beyond what is eight months away. Certain policies have been implemented to ensure that India emerges as a sports superpower through the successive celebration of university, school and youth games so that the true sports talent of India is identified and fostered for Paris and, as noted, Minister of Affairs Youth and sports. and minority affairs, here on Thursday.
Opening the 80th Interuniversity Athletics Championship of All India organized by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and the Alva Education Foundation, Rijiju said that in Guwahati, university games in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha will complete a range of planned sports activities to identify Olympic potentials. These events aim to achieve the much needed sports culture, he said.
Noting that no nation can produce Olympic champions overnight, Rijiju said it takes a cycle of at least 8 to 10 years to do so. As a nation of young people, India cannot be content with only one or two medals in the Olympic Games, he said and added that the ministry is doing everything possible to ensure that selected athletes or those who will be selected for the Tokyo Olympic Games get The best possible training. and facilities and who has talked to all interested sports organizations.
Urging the need to change the way India sees sports, Rijiju said he has appealed to all members of Parliament, regardless of their age to play or support any sport of their choice. While some practice sports par excellence, others do it to be fit, he said, adding that India has had a great sporting tradition, which unfortunately has not translated into a culture. It is imperative that the new India practice sports if it wants to be a suitable India and not remain as 'unfit India'.
The ministry for human resources development has already announced a program for Fit School. MHRD sees sports not as an academic activity, but as part of academics, he said, adding that even the University Grants Commission has scheduled in time for sports activities in the academic calendar it has announced. It is also my call to corporate India to join this effort and be part of the Fit India movement promoted by the prime minister, he said.
Urging all state governments to adopt favorable sports policies, Rijiju said his ministry has made the decision to ensure that no athlete who has represented India at the highest level is forced to endure a life of hardship. We will help them by providing medical assistance for themselves and their family, he said, adding that the bosses of these athletes who may or may not have won medals for the nation cannot be hung in shame or need.