Sports policy under consideration, says Rijiju

Vadodara, August 14 () () Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said Wednesday that a new sports policy was being considered, under which each player would be supported by the government.

He also hoped that India would do better at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

This policy will be introduced after consulting with various sports organizations and the private sector, Rijiju said here.

The minister was in the city to inaugurate the '6th Asian Table Tennis Championship of the UTT School'.

Rijiju said his ministry will soon convene a meeting with sports departments of all states and representatives of the private sector to protest the interests of athletes and ensure their well-being.

Meanwhile, Rijiju lamented the performance of India in the Olympic Games and expressed optimism that the country will do better in the Tokyo Games.

We will definitely perform better in the Olympic Games, he said, adding that a working group, created after the 2016 Games, has presented very effective suggestions to improve the prospects for medals.

At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, India had only won two medals: one bronze of the fighter Sakshi Malik and one silver of the runner P V Sindhu in women's singles.

Noting that the promotion of sports is the primary responsibility of state governments, Rijiju said the Center complements the efforts of states to close infrastructure gaps.

India will send a good contingent for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Rijiju said.

He also said that Indian athletes have performed internationally competitively in many disciplines. Gujarat sports minister Ishwarbhai Patel and Baroda table tennis president Jayaben Thakkar, among others, were present at the occasion. COR NRB RSY RSY