It was the gathering of the best of Indian sports, and naturally, the views and vibes provided a positive path towards a bright future for Indian sports.
The Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, World and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, and the All England champion and coach par excellence P. Gopi Chand, mesmerised the gathering at the launch of ELMS Sports, the brainchild of Vita and Jalaj Dani, that aims to accelerate the development of sports in the country.
'A result-oriented mindset'
Emphasising the need for a systematic approach, Bindra said that his dream was to empower the next generation ‘’in a sustainable way’’, by utilising the ‘’best minds in the world’’. He said that the need of the hour was high-performance managers and that the country needed to train knowledgeable people ‘’with a result-oriented mindset’’.
Bindra expressed happiness about the Olympic silver medallist Rathore, the Union Sports Minister, announcing that the idea would be put to practice soon. He expressed that the venture would be to have a system by which professionals would be trained, possibly with a degree, in due course of time.
Gopi Chand said that with a champion of the calibre of Col. Rathore at the helm of affairs, and with such fine initiatives helping the sport, the future would be great.
Gopi said that it was important to have an ecosystem that drives towards excellence, with ‘’a result oriented mindset’’.
Summing up beautifully, Gopi said that his generation learnt naturally, and the young generation was not being trained naturally anymore because of a changing environment and lifestyle.
The lack of physical ability meant ‘’less confident kids’’. He said that it was as important to take care of all the children, as much as guiding the talented ones.
‘’It is important to take care of every one of them, not only the winners’’, he said.
'Will to win lies in ordinary houses'
The ELMS, which means Excellence in Learning and Management of Sports, would have programs to train physical education professionals, coaches, high-performance sports administrators and other allied professionals, covering various sports across the country.
Applauding the initiative, Col. Rathore said that it was good to have the corporate involvement, which was ‘’very positive for the future of sports’’.
He said that the ‘’will to win, lies in ordinary houses’’, and that it was important to provide the knowledge for smooth progress in sports.
The Sports Minister talked about the Sports University taking shape in Manipur and announced that it would have experts from Japan and Australia. He was equally appreciative of Abhinav Bindra's system of scientific support to enhance excellence in sports.
He touched upon the Khelo India scheme and that the development of coaches both at the elite and the basic level was one of the main goals.
‘’Sports is simple. Better knowledge helps the athlete start at the higher platform’’, he said.
The Sports Minister said that the leagues in various games were ‘’brilliant’’ as they helped sports persons financially. He welcomed athletes setting up academies and assured the government support for such ventures.
‘’Passion is very important. We have lived the best, the life of a sportsperson’’, he said.
2018 big year for Indian sports
From the government side, he announced that about Rs. 250 crore would be spent on the India Games which would be telecast live and that more games would be added in future, apart from the 16 marked for the opening.
He said that the selection of 1000 athletes for scholarships would be done by Arjuna and Dronacharya awardees. Looking at the packed calendar, Rathore said that 2018 would be a big year for Indian sports.
The Sports Minister also assured that any constructive suggestion to improve Indian sports would be incorporated in the Sports Code, for better governance of sports in the country.
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