NEW DELHI: Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has hinted that a renaming of the Sports Authority of India could be in the offing.
Making it clear that the authority needs to be renamed as part of 'shape up' exercise to deliver better service to sportspersons and that the word 'Authority' has no relevance in the modern sporting scenario, Rathore articulated his viewpoint in a series of tweets.
"It concerns us when our sporting icons struggle for basic needs past their prime. Help @IndiaSports help athletes, write us what you think"
11:33 AM - Oct 22, 2017
"The ‘authority’ in ‘Sports Authority of India’has no place in sports today, to deliver better service @IndiaSports & @Media_SAI will shapeup"
11:40 AM - Oct 22, 2017
"Our mantra is ‘Sammaan aur Suvidha’ where Sportsperson,Coaches & Fans are at the top of the table.Actions of sports bodies must reflect this"
11:47 AM - Oct 22, 2017
Indicating that the SAI could be in for a major revamp, the minister assured help to former sports icons of the country, who have been struggling for basic needs of life.
It is worth recalling that when Rathore took over as Sports Minister from Vijay Goel early last month, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist had stated: "There is only one VIP and that is the sportsperson and nobody else."
A little over six weeks later - during which time he made an unannounced visit to the SAI office at the Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, Rathore called on the corporate sector to come forward and take the top five SAI stadiums of the capital under their collective wing.