Sports ministry recommends Sports Infrastructure for ‘concessional finance’

Sports ministry has proposed the ministry of finance for considering Sports Infrastructure as a ‘concessional finance’, said Secretary, Department of Sports, Mr. Rajiv Yadav at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today.“We have proposed the ministry of Finance for considering sports infrastructure as a concessional finance and I am happy to announce you that finance ministry principles are agreed for this and now putting up the definition in consultation with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) defining as sports infrastructure”,  said Secretary, Department of Sports, Mr. Rajiv Yadav while inaugurating a national summit on ‘Olympics & Role of Corporate India,’ organised by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports, Mr Vijay Goel said at an ASSOCHAM event that we want to create a fever of Olympics in the country and we will be organising a ‘Run for Rio’ event from India Gate. Thousands of people will join the run to give their support to the Olympic athletes.

“A big screen will be placed below the flag at the central park along with an exhibition in which there will be posters and cutouts of Olympians like Vijender Singh and others”, said Mr. Goel.

The International Hockey federation has changed the specification for hockey just about a year back. This year, we managed to provide and able to trained our athletes on same surface which is to be played in Rio, said Mr. Yadav.

This time we have tried to get very professional mental trainers at the same time, most of the sportsperson are non-urban people keeping that in mind we have allowed their own close family members like father, mother, husband who have been their coach or mental trainer. My classic examples in this Tennis star Sania Mirza’s mother, said Mr Yadav.

As far as performance of the team is concerned a lot depends on individual sports person and the slight luck factor also, said Mr Yadav.

This time the sports ministry have allowed the athletes to reach much in advance to acclimatise, to practice there and be ready for the show. The classic case in case of sports which is require lot of concentration like Archery and Shooting . We have allowed our teams to go much in advance. The Archery team is already in Rio and they are already in that environment, added the secretary.

In the department, we have set up a National Sports Development Fund, the unique feature of this fund is whatever contribution you make to it, the equal amount will be contributed by the government of India. So, your contribution become double and you can also specify the field of activities in which you want to invest that money.  I request all of you to join hands with us in this effort, whatever you contribute, will also contribute the equal amount, added the sports secretary.

Mr Vijender Singh, Olympian Champion 2016, WBO, Asia Pacific Super Middleweight also stressed for the need for playground for children and emphasised the corporate to take an initiative in this regard.

Other Speakers will also spoke during the conference were  Mr Sandeep Jajodia, Sr. Vice President, ASSOCHAM, Mr Karan Ahluwalia, Sr. President & Country Head, Sports Banking Group, Yes Bank, Mr Parth Jindal, Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Sports & Sports Infrastructure and Mr D.S. Rawat, Secretary General.

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