New Delhi : Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel has said, the dream of broad basing of sports cannot be achieved unless we integrate education with Sports in addition to giving adequate thrust to sports development so that it could permeate through other aspects of social life and make the youth health conscious, positive and productive.
Addressing the conference of the State Ministers and Secretaries for Youth Affairs and Sports in New Delhi, he said, state governments will also need to enhance funding for Broad basing of Sports and Excellence in Sports and provide adequate funds for maintenance of Sports infrastructure already created. It would also be desirable that funding of State and National Sports Federations are tied with measurable outputs and performances.
The minister said, the National Sports Policy 2001 lays special emphasis on Broad-basing of Sports through grassroots level sport activity and Promoting Excellence in Sports at the national and international level.
On the occasion Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, his ministry will provide all possible help for the skill development in the sports sector to fulfill the vision of the Prime Minister for promotion of Sports in the country. He said aero sports and adventure sports are some of the areas where skill development programmes can be taken up.
Minister of state for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in his speech said, excessive funds are not needed to win medals in international competitions such as Olympics but focused approach and concentrated efforts are key to success. He said we have to remove mental limitations and broad basing of sports to win medals. The minister said, efforts should be made to utilize passion of Arjuna Awardees and former international players for excellence in sports. He said, with the help of MNREGA money, playgrounds can be developed at the Gram Panchayats level to take sports actively at the grass root level.
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