Govt holds national workshop on sports in Delhi


NEW DELHI: Union sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore inaugurated a national workshop on 'Sports for All' in the capital  on Tuesday.

The workshop is being attended by  80 representatives from Indian Olympic Association, Department of Sports , Sports Authority of India, National Observers , National Sports Federations of high priority and priority disciplines, SGFI and AIUs, Sports Secretaries of the states and the Union Territories, Ssports promotion boards and sports promotion NGOs.

One of the key objectives of the workshop is to bring about convergence among all the stakeholders and create a shared vision in order to harness the multiple benefits that sports offer, says a government statement.

Rathore said that a massive overhaul of the entire sporting system is underway with the Khelo India initiative of the government. He said the Khelo India scheme is not limited to development of stadiums; it will also work for the development of athletes and the nation. Khelo India is about broad-basing sports, providing opportunities for playing, creating competition, picking up talent and also awareness of physical fitness and good health.

The minister spoke about the new programme, 'Khelo India School Games' which will be launched in December 2017 and will entail selection of 1,000 athletes who will be supported with resources equivalent to Rs 5 lakh per year for eight years. 

The minister said all the stakeholders in sports have to bring professionalism, responsibility and accountability for promotion of sports in the country and the government will have zero tolerance towards misgovernance in sports bodies in different disciplines.

On its part the government will hire high performance managers who can deliver the desired results in a professional manner, he added.