Sports Minister Vijay Goel, on Thursday, held a meeting with National Sports Federations to discuss India’s performance at the Rio Olympics and to chalk out a roadmap for the future.
The meeting was a part of the ongoing review of India at Rio last month. Addressing the meeting, the minister called for learning the right lessons from Rio with a view to improving performance in future Olympic Games.
He said that all the stakeholders, including the government and NSFs will have to work together to achieve the desired level of excellence in sports, a release said.
He said that norms of good governance and transparency will have to be followed by sports bodies to inspire confidence among the people. Sportspersons have to be given a key role in decision-making within the NSFs, the minister said.
Goel asked the NSFs to work for the twin objectives of ‘Sports for All’ and ‘Excellence in Sports’. He expressed the resolve of the government to work for the promotion and growth of sports in the country.
In this context, he referred to the deep interest shown by PM Narendra Modi in promotion of sports. He said that the NSFs should use this opportunity, prepare an effective roadmap for the future and leave minor internal differences behind.
Participating in the discussions, the representatives of the NSFs emphasised the need for increased funding for sports, monitoring of the performance of coaches and sports persons, creation of infrastructure, jobs for sports persons.