MARGAO: Union Minister of State Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijju on Saturday stated that the central government is very much dedicated to creating sports culture in the country. He also informed that the government and especially the Youth and Sports Affairs Ministry has initiated lot of reforms in the field of sports.
He was speaking on the sideline of the inauguration of National Games infrastructure projects in the state of Goa at Navelim.
"Central government has already appealed to every state and union territory to identify sports of their choice or sports of their potential so that the they will be promoted. The government will help in all ways to encourage sports in every state", he said.
"India has not been given much to the concept of sports culture. In earlier days sports were part of Indian culture. We want India should become a sporting house. We are ready to do so, but what is more important is that people should support such concepts", he further added.
Kiren said, "I am doing immediate reforms in sports and youth affairs sector and our target is to reach a certain level by next few years. We are not satisfied with one or two medals in the Olympics Games. Our next target is the Olympics Games in Los Angles in 2028. If we succeeded in fulfilling our target India will be surely in the top 10 in Olympics medal tally".
According to him, the five indoor stadiums inaugurated on Saturday will be big asset to Goa. In the next 6 or 7 months, more facilities will come up for the National Games, which are supposed to be held in Goa from October 20 to November 4.
"Goa is a small state but it is one of the organized states of the country. Goa is known for organizing big events successfully. Hence, there is no doubt that the National Games will also be a big success", he stated.
He also emphasized on the Fit India Movement and said that 70 percent of the people do not do any type of exercise. "All the people of Goa should make Goa 100 percent fit", he appealed.