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‘Centre to launch national level sports programme’

Sports minister Ajay Maken on Sunday announced that Central Government would soon launch a national level sports programme known as National Physical Fitness Programme.

The programme would be launched on the pattern of Haryana’s Sports and Physical Aptitude Test (SPAT), which was started in the state two years back to hunt budding talents.

The programme has been approved by the Planning Commission and it would formally be launched shortly, Maken said after inaugurating a SAi sports training centre. Maken and Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda also laid the foundation stone of a sports hostel, which has a capacity of 100 inmates and a multipurpose hall.

Lauding Haryana government’s sports policy, Maken said the state has provided the best promotion to sports in the country. ‘If all other states also follow Haryana’s model in sports, India can easily rank among top five countries in Olympics. Haryana contributed four of the six medals won by the country in last Olympics,’ Maken said.
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