Sports Ministry pushes for top coaches and support staff

first_imgNew Delhi, May 29 (PTI) Aiming to make India a sporting super power, the Sports Ministry today pushed for the appointment of the worlds best coaches and support staff for the countrys athletes, besides an upgrade of infrastructure. The all stakeholders meeting was held here to review the preparations for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games – both scheduled next year – and the 2020 Olympic Games. Sports Minister Vijay Goel chaired the meeting that included members of Indian Olympic Association, Sports Authority of India, Olympic Task Force and Top Scheme Committee, among other. “Shri Goel stressed that the federations should bring best coaches and support staff to provide training to the athletes. Goel said that we should upgrade the sports infrastructure, spot talent at a very young age, monitor performance, promote school and university level games in a big way, utilise stadiums to their full potential and involve best available coaching academies in training of the sportspersons,” the Sports Ministry said in a press release. Also attending the day-long brainstorming session were were representatives from Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education, High Priority and Priority sports disciplines and the national observers. Goel said that the government has taken a number of steps to strengthen the various kinds of support given to the athletes and the sportspersons. “The major steps include enhancement of the amount of financial assistance under the scheme of assistance to the National Sports Federations. “He said that while a lot has been done to broad base the sports activities in the country a lot is still needed to be done to achieve excellence and make India a sporting powerhouse of the world.” Goel said that the IOA should “take the lead in various spheres like dispute resolution in the NSFs, holding of National Games regularly, holding of multi-disciplinary mega events in India etc.”. He also wants focus on games such as baseball, cycling and martial arts etc. where India has not participated in international competitions. Sports secretary Injeti Srinivas felt there is no dearth of either the resources or the talent to achieve excellence and win medals at the highest level – the Olympics. “What is needed is the ability to identify the talent and nurture them to achieve excellence. The NSFs are required to identify the talent and increase the bench strength of young athletes and provide them strong support system,” Srinivas had been quoted as saying in the release. He stated that the success of the plan lies in the convergence and coordination among all the stakeholders. During the meeting eminent players, coaches, representatives of different national sports federations and IOA and officials of the Sports Ministry made presentations and deliberated on the issues related to finalising the approach for the forthcoming mega events. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img

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