Union Minister for Sports, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has called upon the corporate sector to take up a novel initiative and adopt the top five Sports Authority of India (SAI) stadiums in Delhi. According to Rathore, such initiatives will go a long way into developing the young talent in the country.
“We need changes in everything. The vision of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very clear – to develop a young and vibrant India. We need to create a sporting culture for our next generation. So I call upon the corporate sector to take over five big stadiums of the capital,” he added.
Stating that India is a sleeping giant, Rathore said, “Today it’s about just 5,000 athletes out of 100 crore people competing and winning one or two medals. But the day we wake up the world will realise our potential. There will be a big change. From now on it’s all about player-centric preparation. Sportsmen are most important. Players, fans and coaches are key and Indian Olympic Association (IOA), federations (NSFs) and sports ministry officials will be below them,” Rathore said.
“We need to bring down IOA, federations and sports ministry officials who used to call the shots earlier. Their responsibility will be to give the athletes the necessary help and platforms.”, he added.