‘Chintan Shivir’ of Ministers of Youth Affairs & Sports of States/UTs concludes in Manipur

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Imphal: Two-days conference participated by Youth Affairs and Sports (YAS), ministers of states and union territories across the country which kicked off on Monday concluded today in the City Convention Centre in Imphal. The conference kicked off with a virtual address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Sports minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday stressed on the need of support and cooperation of the states to make India a power house of sports, in his concluding remark at the two-day Chintan Shivir of Youth Affairs and Sports (YAS) ministers of states/union territories.

“You have come here taking time out of your valuable time. The outcome of the discussion in these two days will be immensely helpful in developing India’s Sports, the Union minister said.

India is striving to become a global powerhouse of sports and to achieve this, the support and cooperation of each state and union territories is a must, he said.

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He reiterated that development of sports of the country lies with the states and union territories while asserting that sports is a state subject and the responsibility for development of sports rested with the state  and union territory governments.

Many states have shown this in action by producing players of international levels and other states can also take steps for the development of sports, he said.

These states can adopt the models being applied by the states advanced in the field. The conference held here has given an opportunity to share the models, Thakur said.

The Central government is supplementing the state’s efforts in this regard. The Union ministry of youth affairs & sports has formulated many schemes to promote sports in the country. The states should avail the benefits of the schemes, he asserted.

The Union minister said that the National Sports University is tying up with international sports bodies in various aspects sports sciences, sports technology and sports management.

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The NSU was set up as a specialized university to promote sports education in the areas of sports sciences, sports technology, sports management and sports coaching, besides functioning as the national training centre for select sports disciplines by adopting best international practices, he said.

He said that the NSU is also envisaged as an apex institution for advanced study and imparting training in physical education.

Earlier, the Union YAS minister opened the day-two of the two-day Chintan Shivir of Youth Affairs and Sports Ministers of States/Union Territories which was kicked off in Imphal on Monday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s virtual address.

YAS minister of Punjab Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, YAS minister of Assam Bimal Borah, Kunga Nima Lepcha and sports secretary of government of India Sujata Chaturvedi, were also in the dais of the opening session of the conference held in Imphal’s City Convention Centre.

In the technical session of the last day of the conference, the delegates discussed the “Issues and challenges in sports governance” and “Improving engagement among stakeholders in the sports sector” with papers on the topic presented by resource persons.

Officials of the Indian Olympic Association, All India Football Federation, Indian Rugby Football Union, concerned officials of Kerala and Haryana were the resource persons of the topic, Issues and challenges in sports governance.

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It was moderated by sports secretary Sujata Chaturvedi.

The discussion on the topic, improving engagement among stakeholders in the sports sector, was moderated by the sports secretary of the ministry of YAS.

It was followed by an open house discussion in which YAS ministers from various states shared their opinions and suggestions.

Earlier in the morning, Union minister of YAS and information and broadcasting Anurag Thakur inspected the progress of construction of the permanent campus of the National Sports University (NSU) at Koutruk in the outskirts of Imphal.

The minister reviewed the progress of the construction along with Manipur YAS minister Govindas Konthoujam, sports secretary Sujata Chaturvedi and other senior officials of the ministry of YAS, Vice-Chancellor of the University R. C. Mishra as well as senior officials of the state YAS department.

The Union minister and officials of the YAS were briefed by the officials of the agencies handling the construction of the permanent campus.

NBCC, India Ltd, a central public sector enterprise under the Union ministry of housing & urban affairs is the work agency of the project.

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The Union minister is here in Imphal to take part in the two-day Chintan Shivir of Youth Affairs and Sports Ministers of States/Union Territories which was kicked off in Imphal on Monday with the virtual address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Centre sanctioned the setting up of the National Sports University in 2014 with an allocation of Rs 100 crore in the Union budget 2014-15.

The foundation stone for the construction of the University was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 16, 2018.

During the visit, the Union minister held a short discussion with the officials of University on the progress of the development of the infrastructures.

During the discussion, Thakur advised the officials to complete the construction timely.


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