Bonding Through Sports
In recent times, sports has been gaining importance in public policies and rightly so. Sports is an important component of socio-economic development of a country and the government can playa critical role in promoting sports in India. Sports has to be seen as a part of our daily life routine rather than a one off incidents. So to bring about a positive influence of sports, ASSOCHAM organised 'FIFA U-17 World Cup, India Industry Discussion & Felicitation Sessions' in New Delhi on October 3, 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, MinisterofState(IIC) forMinistry of Youth Affairs & Sports said that sports is not just play and fun, it is a medium for breaking boundaries and communications. The Prime Minister certainly sees sports as something that unites the country.
"The way we look at sport needs to change in India. Every stakeholder has to become part of what sports is all about and that includes the federation, corpora tes, parents, schools, colleges and media as well." he said. This country is the youngest country in the world and it has to behave like a young country. It has to play and have fun and learn through sports.
Therefore, the ministry of sports supports any idea in respect of promotion of sports in India, including, manufacturing and trading of good quality and cost efficient sports goods.
He also spoke about the 'Khelo India' project which aims to combine 'sports for all' and ' sports for excellence'. This would provide a platform for children to nurture talent. Under the project, every year 1000 talented students, in specific sports disciplines, would be identified and given a financial support of Rs 5 lakh each per year, for eight consecutive years. So, eight years down the line, 8,000 athletes will be supported by Rs. 5 lakhs each and to a quantum of about Rs. 250crore.
Mr. Rathore said, "the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 is a very important occasion as for the first time an Indian team will participate in a FIFATournament and thus it is a great honour for all of us."
Ahead of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup starting on October 6, he proudly informed that 24000 tickets have already been sold out and we actually held on the sale of the tickets so that we can reserve some for the children. We want children to watch the matches in large numbers.
All India Football Federation's General Secretary Kushal Das, who was also present on the ocassion said, "Hosting of U-17 football world cup in India will prove to be a watershed event. He said, we are ready for the event and just a beginning for Indian Football,there isa longway to go".