Vi­jay Goel


India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | SOCIETY - —Kaushik Deka

FROM OF­FER­ING TO ME­DI­ATE be­tween war­ring ten­nis leg­ends Ma­hesh Bhu­pathi and Le­an­der Paes to a Twit­ter spat with Dan­gal ac­tor Zaira Wasim, Vi­jay Goel has been in the news since he took charge. But be­yond head­lines, he is a hands on min­is­ter. “There is no in­sti­tu­tion or de­part­ment that I have not vis­ited, whether it is the SAI cen­tres or Gopic­hand Acad­emy,” he says. Ap­palled by the state of some SAI cen­tres, he has sought an as­sess­ment re­port of the fa­cil­i­ties as well as the coaches em­ployed there. He also claims to be the first sports min­is­ter to have held meet­ings with all the Dronacharya and Ar­juna awardees and Olympic medallists to seek in­puts. “Yes, the min­istry is mak­ing the right noises. But there has been a lot of back­log be­cause of poor im­ple­men­ta­tion, so the cru­cial part will be how this noise is con­verted into ac­tion,” says Hakimud­din Habibulla, co-founder of GoS­ports In­dia, a sports man­age­ment com­pany. For bet­ter im­ple­men­ta­tion, Goel plans to bring Sports un­der the con­cur­rent list. There may also soon be a com­pre­hen­sive na­tional sports de­vel­op­ment code, to en­sure that sports fed­er­a­tions fol­low cer­tain ba­sic norms.

A task force has been set up to pre­pare an ac­tion plan for ef­fec­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of play­ers in the next three Olympics. The gov­ern­ment has launched “Kh­elo In­dia” for the de­vel­op­ment of a sport­ing cul­ture at the grass­roots level. Goel has also set up a high-level com­mit­tee to ad­dress the griev­ances and com­plaints of women sportsper­sons. And after set­ting up the Ma­nipur Sports Univer­sity, gov­ern­ment is ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of a sim­i­lar univer­sity in Gwalior.


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