Kiren Rijiju, Union Sports Minister, had a meeting on a video conference with officials and sports ministers of 18 states and union territories during which he proposes sports fund for the states and discusses the plan for sports development post this Covid-19 pandemic.
Representatives from the following States and UTs attended this meeting:
- Andhra Pradesh
- Himachal Pradesh
- Jammu and Kashmir
- Tamil Nadu
- West Bengal
Sports fund for one or two sports
Ministers and officials attended the two-day meeting. Keeping all the situations in mind, Rijiiju has said that the center will support and fund states to achieve excellence in one or two sports that a particular state is potentially strong. This comes in after they have made the policy of “One state one sport.” He further stated that the ministry would also set up centers for Khelo India State Centre Excellence in every state.
KISCE and Fit India Movement
The Union Sports Minister said that the state’s KISCE will be nodal centers to help in training the athletes for achieving excellence in desired sports categories. These sports centers can help in grooming the athletes by offering world-class training and facilities. States can also choose to train the athletes in other sports, but the major focus should be preferably on one or two disciplines.
The representatives of the states said that ministry is planning to set up 1000 Khelo India Centres in all the districts of the country. These centers will help in recognizing the local talent and will also create a sport culture in the country.
Regarding the Fit India movement, Rijije said that the participation of all the states in the campaign has been encouraging so far and more than 2.5 lakh schools have enrolled to become Fit India Schools. He ended the interview saying that he would like to request all the states and UTs to include all the schools for the same actively.