Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the young sportspersons are the brand ambassadors of Aatmnirbhar Bharat.
Delivered the inaugural address at the 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games at Jammu and Kashmir through a video conference today, the Prime Minister said the world evaluates India through their performance in the sports arena. He said the Winter Games is a major step towards making Jammu and Kashmir a major hub with India’s effective presence.
While conveying his best wishes to the players from JK and all over the country, PM remarked that the number of players participating in this winter games from various states has doubled which demonstrates the increasing enthusiasm towards Winter Games. The experience from this winter games would help the players while participating in the winter Olympics which will help develop this region into a new sporting ecosystem besides instilling new spirit and enthusiasm in the tourism sector.
The Prime Minister further said that sports has a global dimension and this vision has been guiding the recent reforms in the sports ecosystem. There is a holistic approach from the Khelo India Campaign to the Olympic Podium stadium. Hand holding of sports professionals is being done from the recognition of talent at the grass-root level to bringing them to the highest global platform. From talent recognition to team selection, transparency is the government’s priority. The dignity of sportspeople, and recognition of their contribution is being ensured, said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister asserted that sports have been given a place of pride in the recent National Education Policy. Sports, which was considered extra-curricular activity earlier is now being treated as part of the curriculum and grading in sports will be counted in the education of the children. The Prime Minister informed that Institutes of Higher education and Sports University are being established for sports. He emphasized the need to take sports sciences and sports management to the school level as that will improve the career prospects of the youth and will enhance India’s presence in the sports economy.