On the name of sports, it has always been cricket or kabaddi in India. India has never lost a kabaddi world cup, and the young generation thinks that it is our national sport. You would say, “NO, hockey is our national sport.” But wait, as per a reply to a RTI query, it has been disclosed that contrary to popular perception India has no national game. Shocked?
Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas was lately very disappointed realizing the fact that India does not have a sports culture. At the inaugural ceremony of the Sports Science Centre at Manav Rachna Educational Institutions campus, Srinivas said, “National Physical Fitness Programme will be launched in India within four months. We will develop norms of physical fitness in the country. The country has 23 crore children in India and every student will be graded about their physical fitness which would be included in report cards.”
He continued, “The states have to follow these norms. It is very sad that India does not have sports culture. We have to first understand, what is the importance of sports in our life and day to day activities? Sports keeps up fit physically as well mentally.”
FYI, Srinivas is also the Director General of Sports Authority of India.
Further speaking about sports and goals to be achieved, the MREI Vice President Amit Bhalla said, “We are committed to help talented athletes in optimising their performance through utilization of science, performance testing and monitoring, applied research and education at the Manav Rachna Sports Science Centre. This endeavour is dedicated to the dream of our Hon’ble Prime Minister calling for the need for more medals in the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics. We hope to increase world peace through sports training and education with the Indo-Japanese Conclave which will help blend sports, culture and education through two days of brainstorming and deliberations.”
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