In a bid to restart the sporting activities in full swing and strengthen the sports infrastructure of the country after a long shutdown, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju will be meeting state sports ministers in a two-day video conference on 14-15 July.
The states have been divided into two groups, allowing time to every to discuss the various issues. The Sports Minister will also discuss the way forward to get sporting activities back on track at the state-level and identification of budding sports talent through competitions at block and district levels in states and UTs. He will also review the action taken during Covid-19.
Elaborating on the decision to hold this meeting, Rijiju said, “The country is in the second phase of unlock and it is crucial to have a dialogue with the states to align the way forward for sports and youth-related activities… In sports too, despite the closure of on-field training, online training has been conducted for athletes of all levels and coaches, so that they could remain close to the sport. We want to assess the impact of all these activities and plan the way forward, in collaboration with the states.”