Rathore visits SAI, moots changes

NEW DELHI: Reiterating his stance that athletes need to be given priority over everything else, newly appointed Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told Sports Authority of India officials on Wednesday that  SAI and all other stadiums should work with only one mentality and that is service.

Rathore, who took over from Vijay Goel after a cabinet reshuffle over the weekend paid a surprise visit to the SAI office at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday morning. He reportedly told the officials that 'the administrator mentality has to go. The athletes should feel looked after since their needs are supreme."

A PTI report quotes a Sports Ministry official as saying that Rathore also checked how the data on athletes is maintained at the SAI and suggested complete digitisation of the athletes' record and demanded a status report. He directed administrators to adopt a model based on Gramin Khel Utsav for involvement and participation of youth in sports activities.