Rijiju meets state ministers, discusses the revival of sports

After the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent lockdowns, the entire sporting activities in the country came to an unprecedented halt. However, persistent efforts of the administrative authorities paved the way for the resumption of the training activities of various sports in a phased manner across the country. Nonetheless, taking a step forward, Rijiju spoke to the ministers and other senior authorities of the Youth Affairs and Sports Departments of different states and Union Territories over video conferencing.

While discussing the points included in the agenda, representatives of a large number of states lauded the steps taken by the ministry to promote grassroots-level sport as well as Olympiclevel training in all the states. The setting up of one Khelo India State Centre Excellence (KISCE) in each state and following the One State One Sport policy found favour with states, as ministers and officials displayed keen interest in adopting a particular sport in which the state has traditionally been strong.

The representatives of the states said that setting up 1,000 Khelo India Centres in all districts across the country will help not just tap into local talents, but also create a culture of sport in the country.

 Rijiju further said, “I request all state and UT governments to take an active part in including all schools in their states and UTs to register as Fit India Schools so that fitness becomes a way of life for youngsters.”

“States are doing a very good job and the ministry is closely coordinating with them. I am sure we will come out with a roadmap for the way forward, at the end of the conference,” concluded the Sports Minister.

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