Sports Minister Anurag Thakur says 1,000 centres being set up countrywide under Khelo India

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Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Anurag Thakur today said that the Centre has taken so many steps to provide world-class sports facilities to the sportspersons. Counting the various initiatives taken by the Modi Government like the digitalisation in sports and the start of the Indian Premier League, he said that 1,000 centres are being set up countrywide under Khelo India.

The Minister said that more than 3,000 athletes are getting training in different Academies. He was presiding over the 52nd Annual Sports Felicitation function of Guru Nanak Dev University at Amritsar.

He also mentioned the programmes like Meet the Champions, E-Sports Pathshala and achievements of Indian players in Olympics and international events.

Remembering the days spent in the Doaba College of Jalandhar affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University and glorious past of Punjab in the field of sports, the Minister said that Punjab had given many sportsmen even during the days of terrorism in Punjab. He said, later the sportsmen in Punjab were not given attention and the downfall of sports started.

The Minister said that he is proud of 54 Arjun Awardees and other achievements of the Guru Nanak Dev University in the field of sports.

The Minister also congratulated the university for winning 42 medals including 14 gold in Khelo India. He said that there is a need to boost sports in Punjab and sports culture can help in ending the drugs from the state.

He said, if all MPs and MLAs pay attention in their constituencies, the level of sports could be improved. He also called upon the industrialists and corporates for giving cooperation in the development of sports.

Mr Thakur said that the Centre has recruited 400 new coaches including Punjab and remaining demands will also be fulfilled. He also stressed on better training of PT teachers in schools.

He also awarded prizes to the outstanding sportspersons, who excelled in various national, international competitions and tournaments.