Government to Open 1000 Khelo India Centres to Employ Retired Sportspersons: Rijiju

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju informed that Khelo India movement is further strengthening sports culture in India in 10th Global Sports Summit, TURF 2020, organized by FICCI recently.

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New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, on Tuesday, said that the govt. will start 1000 Khelo India centres in the country to provide employment to retired sportspersons.

“We are also starting 1000 Khelo India small centres across the country that will help retired sportspersons get employment or some role in shaping the sports culture in the country.” Rijiju said during the 10th Global Sports Summit, TURF 2020, organized by FICCI.

“When a sportsperson suffers, it discourages generations. The govt. is also ensuring that the prize money, financial support from the government reaches the athletes and the designated beneficiaries uninterrupted.” The minister added. He also emphasized on the importance of making ‘citizens pro-sports and pro-fitness’.

“We cannot talk about a prosperous India with citizens being unfit. We cannot talk about a sporting culture without first creating success in sporting arena.” He raised his concern. Rijiju urged the corporate houses to come together to help create a sports loving society.

File photo of Union Youth Affairs And Sports , Kiren Rijiju(Twitter)

“There is no lack in terms of government support, but we are not a sporting country. The government’s efforts alone are not enough. It is the people’s efforts, people’s participation that will define the success of sports,” he said.

“Even if two per cent of India’s population watches one sport, whether in stadiums or on television, it will make the game popular and will bring the money for its development. We must ensure that sport becomes a big industry in India. It can be a huge contributor country’s economy.” Rightly put by him.

Sports minister informed that Khelo India and Fit India movements are moving strongly despite the COVID-19 pandemic. “Mechanisms using digital technologies were created in aiding athletes acquire knowledge and continue with their training.” He said.

“I have set target of putting India in the top-10 medal grossing nations in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics. To this effort, we have initiated various policy changes.”

The event was also attended by Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu, Madhya Pradesh sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindhia, Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carrol and FICCI president Dr. Sangita Reddy among others

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