Bond­ing Through Sports

Assocham Bulletin - - ENVIRONMENT -

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".


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