Kiren Rijiju interacts with sports ministers of 17 states, UTs

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday interacted with sports ministers and senior officials of 17 States and Union Territories over video conference to plan a collaborative roadmap to further sports and youth-related activities across India.

"Youth Affairs and Sports Ministers & senior officials of 17 states and UTs interacted with @KirenRijiju over video conference to plan a collaborative roadmap to further sports and youth related activities across India. The activities undertaken during COVID-19 were also reviewed," Rijiju tweeted.

The stated aim of the two-day video conference is to chart out the roadmap for grassroots-level sports development as well as the activities of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and National Service Scheme (NSS), across the country.

The states have been divided into two groups over the two days to allow every state time to discuss the various issues at the meeting.

The agenda of the meeting includes a review of the action taken during COVID-19, as well as discussions on restarting sporting activities at the state-level and identification of budding sports talent through competitions at block and district levels in states and UTs.

Inclusion of fitness and sports as part of the curriculum in all schools across the country will also be discussed. Plans to conduct Khelo India events and Youth Festivals later this year or early next year will be decided.

Rijiju also said that Sports Ministry has decided to set up Khelo India State Center of Excellence (KISCE) in all states and UTs.

"Further, 1,000 Khelo India Centers (KIC) at the district level to enable local talent to be identified and trained in 14 identified Olympic sport and traditional sports. Both the KISCEs and KICs will strengthen the grassroot-level sports ecosystem in India in a big way, and states have a big role to play in it. Also, the One State, One Sport policy that the government has made needs to be discussed and implemented early. We hope to exchange ideas with all states to ensure that there is one collaborative roadmap towards making India a sporting superpower," Rijiju added. 


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