Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Friday assured the Lok Sabha that traditional sports such as Mallakhamb, Thang Ta, Yogasana, Gatka and Kalpetta will soon go international and the ministry will open 1,000 Khelo India centres. across the country on August 15 next year. As the Lok Sabha continued Thursday’s debate on sport and the steps the government is taking on the issue, some MPs urged the government to create sports infrastructure in rural areas and start initiate measures to include rural youth in elections. The discussion began in Lok Sabha on March 31, during the Parliamentary Budget Session.
In a response on Friday, Thakur said the government’s focus was on identifying talent from rural areas and training them to become international athletes.
He said the need is for Khelo India centers to be opened in rural areas. “We will start with the opening of 1,000 Khelo India centers. The process for 733 such centers has already started and by August 15, we will complete the work of opening 1,000 Khelo India centers.” , said the minister.
Thakur added it was necessary to go beyond the regional and national sense to embrace the spirit of the Indian team. He reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that when an athlete wins a game, it gives Indians a chance to celebrate the concept of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat”.
In 2014, the budget for the sports kit was increased from Rs 1,219 crore to Rs 3,062 crore, he added, “Spending has been less in just one year – 2020-21 – when the country was fighting Covid. In 2022-23 it increases again.” Saying that there is discrimination against athletes with disabilities, Thakur said India’s performance at the Games in this category has improved.
“I’d say that whether it’s the Paralympic Games, the Deaf Olympics or the Summer Olympics, we win most of the medals. Seven in the Olympics, 19 in the Olympics. Paralympics and 16 in hearing-impaired We have worked towards changing the perception of sport Prime Minister Modi said 100% effort must be given and no loss must be given Hope. Receiving the signal, our athletes performed very well,” he said.
Thakur also mentioned how through Khel Mahakumbh in Gujarat, villagers have had the opportunity to play sports. He called on MPs to organize Khel Mahakumbh in their constituencies, which would give them a chance to connect with the youth of the country.
The sports department has an inventory of 16,000 indoor, outdoor and hockey stadiums across the country, he said.
As for a question about laboratory testing, Thakur said the National University of Forensic Sciences and the Ministry of Youth have signed an agreement with the laboratories of nutritional supplements to provide athletes supplements do not prevent them from participating in international events.
Thakur said the government has started to certify Fit India and Fit India school week has been organized. He said during Covid 4.3 thousand schools participated.
“Promoting traditional games, in the youth games of Khelo India, five traditional games were included. They were Mallakhamb, Thang Ta, Yogasana, Gatka and Kalpetta. Many athletes participated and they are not at the regional level but at the national level and they will soon be available internationally,” he said.
Thakur also said the ministry has made changes to its policy and many administrative positions have been abandoned and 398 coaches are in the process of being hired in 21 areas.
“Sport is a state subject and states have a very important role to play in that… We provide transparency in our work and increase representation of athletes. I guarantee it. that the government will not overlook any difficulties to promote sports in the country”, the minister added.
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