The union sports ministry’s ambitious programme, ‘Khelo India’ an initiative to scout for talent at the grassroots and provide it substantial long-term scholarship will be launched on January 31. I am getting a data base of all Sports Authority of India (SAI) coaches in the country. More than 200 calls are being made to these centres each day to ensure the training of our athletes. Their diet is being adequately taken care of.
In the run-up to the launch, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore unveiled the mascots (Vijay the tiger and Jaya the black buck) and launched the anthem “Aur khelna chahte hain hum…Khel mein hi masti hai….khel se abaad honge hum” at a ceremony here in Delhi.
Khelo India, for which the government has earmarked R1,756 crore over the next five years, aims to take sports to “all parts of the country”, something which schemes such as Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA), Urban Infrastructure Scheme and National Sports Talent Search only achieved partially.