Vijay Goel: 'An upgrade in sporting infrastructure is required'

Sports Minister Vijay Goel stressed on the need to improve the sporting infrastructure among other things while discussing India's preparation for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games next year.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel called for a better effort in spotting talent, monitoring performance, promoting school and University level competition.

The Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel chaired a meeting to discuss the preparations for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games scheduled for next year.

The Minister stressed that the government had taken a number of steps to strengthen the support extended to the sportspersons, but conceded that a lot more has to be done to make India a strong nation in sports.

In the day-long meeting, in which eminent players, coaches, members of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and various national sports federations, officials of the Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India (SAI) made presentations, the Minister emphasised the importance of the federations in recruiting the best coaches and support staff to train the athletes.

The Minister admitted that an upgrade in infrastructure was required. He also called for a better effort in spotting talent, monitoring performance, promoting school and University level competition in a big way and capitalising on the stadiums as well as the best coaching academies in the country.

Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas observed that there was no dearth of talent or the resources for achieving excellence. Success, he said, would largely depend on the convergence and coordination among all the stake holders.

The Commonwealth Games is scheduled to be held in Gold Coast, Australia in April, and the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, in August-September, next year.

The meeting at the Vigyan Bhawan was also attended by, among others, members of the Olympic Task Force, members of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and the national observers of various disciplines, as Tokyo Olympics was also in the radar.