Government committed to developing sports culture in India: Anurag Thakur

NEW DELHI : Sports culture needs to be developed across the country and the government is committed to this effort, Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said on Tuesday.

Speaking on the 52nd Annual Sports Awards Distribution Function at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, the Minister said that the university’s reputation precedes itself. It is one of the major sports universities in the country. “When we talk about developing a sports culture, it is universities like that that lay the groundwork for that to happen. The reputation of Guru Nanak Dev University speaks for itself as it has won the prestigious Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Title a record 23 times. It has also produced 34 Arjuna, 2 Dronacharya and 6 award winning Padma Shri. ”

Thakur added that with a focus on female athletes, the Ministry of Sports and Youth is conducting Khelo India Women’s Exclusive Tournaments across nine disciplines – hockey, archery, weightlifting , cycling, boxing, swimming, wrestling, volleyball and Judo. More than 23,000 female athletes will participate in these competitions.

He said that the university finished a very reliable 4th place in the Khelo India University Sports Games with 42 medals including 14 gold medals.

The list of highly rated athletes at this event includes 25 international players who hold positions of Khelo University India games, All India Intercollegiate Championships and Games Youth Sports Khelo India.

Cash prizes worth more than Rs. 2 crores and honors for the best performing universities in general were awarded.

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