PM Modi urges States to set up sports committees

"The committee set up by the Government will study the prevalent practices around the world and will prepare a roadmap for what better can be done, keeping in mind the long term perspective," Modi said.

Narendra Modi congratulated Dipa Karmakar, PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik for their performances at the Olympics but said that the country still has a long way to go when it comes to performing at the games.   -  PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the State government to emulate Centre's actions and set up committees to chart a roadmap for sports in India.

On Friday, Modi had announced the decision to set up a task force to prepare a comprehensive action plan for effective participation in the next three Olympics.

Elaborating upon the task force in his radio programme, Mann ki Baat, the Prime Minister said: "The committee set up by the Government will study the prevalent practices around the world and will prepare a roadmap for what better can be done, keeping in mind the long term perspective."

While congratulating the medal winners, PM admitted that India's performance in Rio Olympics was not good. "We still have to go a long way in the field of sports. Sports needs motivation and public is the best entity to do it.

"If we continue to do what we have been doing, then, we will be disappointed. We have to do a lot more," he said, stressing about Indian society's preference for studies over sports.

He also urged the state governments to form similar committees to prepare a long-term plan and urged them to "select one or two sports and tap the potential". The Prime Minister also asked sports associations to have brainstorming sessions. He sought suggestions from citizens as well.

PM congratulated Dipa Karmakar, P.V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik for their performances at the Olympics. "Our daughters have won medals for us. Our daughters have once again proved that they are second to none."

He had words of praise for the likes of Abhinav Bindra, Lalita Babar, men and women's hockey teams in his address to the nation.

Modi began his show by remembering hockey legend Dhyanchand, whose birth anniversary, which falls tomorrow (August 29), is celebrated as the National Sports Day.