Sports promotion: Rathore averse to leaning on govt

NEW DELHI: Becoming an achiever gives a different spirit to one’s personality. But, even accepting a challenge is strength in itself even if one loses.

Minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore, a former shooting champion, said this at the concluding session of the one-day Sports Conclave organized by Doordarshan Sports to discuss ways in which India can become a sports superpower.

It was telecast live by interlinking various kendras throughout the day on 28 May 2017. The meet held at the Central Production Centre of Doordarshan in south Delhi had several experts including sports writers and even former sportspersons discussing various subjects.

It was inaugurated in the morning by Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu and discussions also featured Union sports minister Vijay Goel and sports ministers of different states apart from eminent sports personalities.   

To a question, Rathore said sports had to be adaptable and this was evident from the way it had adapted to television. “Use the situation to your advantage and you will find kids are always ready to play.”


Rathore also said that a sportsperson could only succeed if he had family support if one wanted to choose sports as a career. At the same time, it was not necessary to depend on the government for everything. As an example, he said he encouraged the people in his constituency to create a kabaddi team and was surprised when even girls volunteered.

Not merely that, he found some people on their own volunteering either to create smooth grounds, or mow the grass, or do other things that they did on their own. But, all this needed behavioral change and the will power and administrative capability.

To to a question, he said that he had found that as a sportsperson he had tended to become a little eccentric.

The second session Edit Page had eminent sports writers from different publications.

The third session ‘State’ of the Nation had four sports ministers of different states: Chetan Chauhan (Uttar Pradesh); Anil Vij (Haryana), Yashodhara Raje Scindia (Madhya Pradesh), and Arvind Pandey (Uttarakhand).

The next session on ‘India mai hai dum’ featured five figures from the world of badminton from Hyderabad, Jameshedpur, Calicut, Agartala, Pune and other centres of excellence. It was conducted by Ms Ashwini Poonappa.

This was followed by a session on Indian Sports = Today and Tomorrow at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The Making of the Olympians moderated by the renowned Ashwini Nachappa at Central Production Centre Delhi and Doordarshan Kendra Guwahati saw the participation of eminent sportspersons.

Vision 2020 and 2024 at CPC Delhi featured a discussion anchored by Ashwini Nachappa which had Baldev Singh from the Prime Minister’s Task Force, and TFA and Sports Head Mukul Vinayak Choudhari.

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