UP has become the ‘sangam’ of sportsmen: Prime Minister Modi after the inauguration of Khelo University India Games | Other Sports News
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“In the past, sports development has not been focused. People see sport as a means of entertainment only. But today, I am happy because the perception of society and parents in the country has changed,” the Prime Minister said. . speak.
Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and Youth and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur were among those present at the event.
This year, the Indian Khelo The Games were held from May 25 to June 3 in Uttar Pradesh. More than 4,750 athletes from over 200 universities will compete in 21 sports. Competitions will be held in Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Lucknow and Gautam Buddha Nagar.
Modi said the 4,000 athletes participating in the games came from different states and regions and welcomed them as Members of Parliament of the state.
He expressed his delight that the closing ceremony of the event will take place in Varanasi, his Parliamentary constituency.
Realizing the importance of holding the third congress as India is celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, Mr. Modi said the event has become a great vehicle to inculcate the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ with teamwork.
Mr. Modi said that in the past 9 years, a new era of sport has begun in India, which not only transforms India into a powerhouse in sports but also empowers society through sport.
The Prime Minister recalled a period of apathy before when sport did not receive the necessary support from the government. This makes it very difficult for poor, middle-class and rural children to excel in sport. As a result, some parents have overlooked sport because it has a limited career scope, Mr Modi said, noting the “major shift” in parents’ attitudes towards sport.
“Sport is now seen as an attractive profession and Khelo India Abhiyan has played an important role in it,” he said.
He also spoke of the “lack of sincerity” to schemes such as Panchayat Yuva Kreeda and Khel Abhiyan, later renamed Rajiv Gandhi Abhiyan, introduced during the Parliamentary regime as he lamented the lack of lack of sports infrastructure before the BJP came to power at the Center in 2014.
“All of this is changing,” he said.
Regarding urban sports infrastructure, the Prime Minister said previous governments spent only Rs 300 billion in 6 years while under ‘Khelo India’, Rs 3 trillion has been spent on sports infrastructure , making it easier for more athletes to participate in sports.
He expressed satisfaction that about 30,000 athletes have participated in Khelo India Olympics so far, 1,500 people are receiving financial support.
Sports budgets have tripled from nine years ago. He said even rural and remote areas now have better sports infrastructure.
Modi announced that the National Education Policy has proposed to make sport a subject that will become part of the curriculum and that the construction of the country’s first National Sports University will strengthen try harder on this goal.
In the states, the Prime Minister announced, efforts are being made towards sports-specific higher education.
He said Uttar Pradesh is doing a very commendable job and gave the example of Major Dhyan Chand Sports College in Meerut while stressing that 1,000 Indian Khelo Centers are being established across the country.
He announced that about 12 National Centers of Excellence have been put into operation, which support training and support sports science to improve performance.
“Khelo India has also restored the prestige of traditional Indian sports,” the prime minister said, noting the scholarships offered by the government to encourage various indigenous sports such as Gatka, Mallakhamb, Thang-ta, Kalaripayattu and Yogasan.
Noting the encouraging results of the increasing participation of women in ‘Khelo India’ programme, Modi announced that the Khelo India Women’s Federation is being organized in several cities of the country.
“About 23,000 female athletes of different age groups have participated so far,” he said.
The Prime Minister also acknowledged the large participation of female athletes at Khelo University of India and extended his best wishes to them.
“India’s progress lies in your talent, your progress. You are the future champion,” the prime minister commented, stressing that it is the responsibility of the athletes to bring glory to the country. tricolor to a new level.
Talking about sportsmanship and teamwork, the Prime Minister wondered if it was only limited to accepting victory and defeat, and teamwork.
“A winner becomes a great player only if he always adheres to sportsmanship and dignity. A winner becomes a great player only when society draws inspiration from his every behavior. him,” according to a statement.
Collegiate competitions are part of many plans launched by the government to support budding sports athletes and efforts have been put in place to strengthen the sports ecosystem in the country. .
The game’s mascot is named ‘Jitu’, representing the Swamp Deer (Barasingha) – the animal of the state of Uttar Pradesh. The closing ceremony of the games will be held in Varanasi on June 3.