Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday mentioned the govt has requested each state to undertake one sport each and concentrate on its growth in a bid to realize more medals on the Olympics. Rijiju, who was talking at a webinar on the ‘Role of Coporate India for Fit India’ organised by Assocham, mentioned the company sector can even be informed to do the similar.
We have written to the states to decide on (a sport). For instance, if Manipur chooses boxing and sepak takraw, it can also do soccer or archery however it has to concentrate on the self-discipline it has chosen,” Rijijiu mentioned.
“We have made sure policy adjustments like each company can be suggested to undertake a sure self-discipline and concentrate on it. It won’t cease you from supporting different sports activities,” he added.
Rijiju mentioned a rustic as huge as India has the potential to concentrate on a number of disciplines if all states embrace a sport each.
“We have 36 states and if we work as 36 nations focussing on sure sporting self-discipline that can give the consequence,” he mentioned.
The minister reiterated that India can end in the top-10 of the medal tally in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
“I’ve set a goal that India ought to be in the highest 10 by 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. But India won’t attain there simply by setting a goal.
“If I see the show of every nation and if India wins 10-12 gold medals in Olympics then it will likely be most definitely in the highest 10 as the highest 4-5 nations like China and USA are above 40-50 gold medals,” he added.
Rijiju mentioned 14 sports activities have been spot as precedence disciplines which can be developed as medal prospects for the Olympics.
“A rustic the dimensions of India won’t be playing only one or two disciplines. We have spot 14 disciplines as precedence sports activities like archery, wrestling, boxing, hockey, shooting and so on. But moreover that I’ve saved the choice open for more,” he mentioned.
The minister mentioned it’s time the sports activities federations, govt and the company sector work together. He mentioned prime athletes can be sent to coach on the amenities constructed by the corporates.
“Some of the company amenities are wonderful. I feel these prime athletes which we now have spot via the federation can be made to make use of amenities of the company.” He mentioned he had seen the Inspire Institute of JSW group, which has already been offering coaching amenities to prime wrestlers, javelin throwers.
“We must combine the sports activities federation, the govt and the company. We have to return together and increase all our sources together in the similar path.,” he added.