In a bid to promote sports in the country, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore promised that a games period will be made mandatory in schools after reducing the syllabus by 50 per cent by next year.
“We have come to a stage where sports is not a part of education, it is education. The ministry of education is ensuring that the syllabus in schools by 2019 is reduced by 50 per cent and there will be a sports period on a regular basis,” Rathore said.
Rathore said the ministry is planning several things to make sports more relevant. “We are also ensuring that the SAI (now SI) reduces its man power by 50 per cent by 2022 so that they can cater to sports, it has a lean body and money is spent on sports.
“This year we will have 20 specialized sports schools and the government of India will pump about Rs 7-10 crore for each. The idea is to have a very pointed approach so each school will have only two or three main sports. They will be very focussed,” he said.
Earlier today, online cab network company Ola in association with JSW Sports, launched the 'Road to Gold' campaign under which its customers can contribute a sum of Re.1 per ride, in an initiative to pave the development of sports in India.
Olympic medalists Abhinav Bindra and Yogeshwar Dutt, along with former cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, have joined hands to support this nationwide crowd-funding campaign to develop sporting talent at the grassroots level.
The crowdfund will be used to identify promising talent from different corners of the country and nurture them to become future champions through state-of-the-art training, sport-science facilities and world class coaches at JSW Sports.
Rathore also welcomed the Rugby World Cup 2019 trophy tour in India by unveiling the Webb Ellis Cup in the presence of World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper, Asia Rugby President, Aga Hussain, actor Rahul Bose and Rugby India President Numazar Mehta.
The two-year Trophy Tour, which aims to engage and excite new and existing rugby fans ahead of Rugby World Cup, will travel to Mumbai and Bhubaneshwar next. It will be the first time that the tournament will be played in Asia when Japan hosts the Rugby World Cup 2019.
(Inputs from PTI)