10 Aug 2018, 18:15 IST
New Delhi, Aug 10 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore nowadays requested the Indian athletes and officials, who’re a part of the Asian Games contingent, to behave responsibly on and off the sphere during the mega carrying match beginning subsequent week in Indonesia.
India is sending a 800-plus contingent, together with 572 athletes, to the Asian Games, to be held from August 18 to September 2 within the Indonesian towns of Jakarta and Palembang.
“It is a matter of great pride you (athletes) are representing the country in the Games and you have earned this privilege. When you take part in the Games and when you stay in the Games Village, you will lose your individual identity and your identity there is just one name that is ‘India’,” Rathore stated on the send-off rite of the Indian contingent organised by way of the Indian Olympic Association right here.
“It is a big responsibility for you. Whatever you do on the field and off the field, please remember one thing that you are representing a billion strong nation. You have to act with responsibility. Whether it is the athletes or officials, everybody should remember this all the time,” he added.
IOA president Narinder Batra, Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, Indian contingent’s Chef de Mission Brij Bhushan Singh Sharan have been provide on the rite.
Some of the nation’s most sensible athletes, together with hockey stalwart Sardar Singh, grew to become up on the rite. The 4 deputy Chefs de Mission, together with R Ok Sacheti, have been additionally presented to the collection.
Rathore stated he was hoping India would win extra medals than the former version however advised the taking part athletes now not to assume an excessive amount of in regards to the effects.
“You have been preparing for years now and must be having dreams (to win medals). Now you are approaching nearer to your event. I would advice you to remain confident that those thousands of hours of your training and hard work will help you. Please don’t worry about the results too much and you should remain confident of your abilities. The results will come running after you,” he stated.
“I have seen the courage and the confidence of Indian athletes has made a sea change as compared to the 1990s, whether it is a 15-year-old or a 40-year-old. I congratulate the IOA, the NSFs for preparing these athletes. We have to work collectively, nobody can work alone. Ultimately, it is for the good of Indian sports.”
He additionally thanked the IOA for giving visibility to the Sports Ministry and the Sports Authority of India within the send-off rite.
Later, talking to newshounds, Rathore stated choice of the athletes for the Asian Games was once the prerogative of the IOA and the NSFs, and the ministry would now not need to intrude in it except there have been primary discrepancies.
“Regarding the selection process of the Asian Games contingent, we will leave it to the IOA and NSFs. It is best not to have too many cooks involved in the process. So, the responsibility of selection (of athletes) lies wit the IOA, but of course if major issues or discrepancies are brought up to us we will look into it,” stated Rathore, himself an Olympic silver medallist shooter.
“We will pay due respect to what the IOA has recommended,” he added.
He stated he was once keen on a machine the place sportspersons are given the absolute best precedence.
“When I was an active sportsperson, I often heard that there is no money in the sports ministry. That is no longer the case. For the elite athletes, for those who are competing at the continental and world level, there will not be lack of money for funding.”
A couple of days again, Rathore had stated video games duration will probably be made obligatory in colleges after lowering the syllabus by way of 50 p.c by way of subsequent yr.
Asked about that, he stated, “HRD Minister (Prakash Javadekar) is looking into it. What I have heard from Javadekar ji is that by 2019, the syllabus will be reduced and a games period will be made mandatory.”
Addressing the collection, Batra expressed hope that the rustic would go back with extra medals from the Asian Games than ultimate time.
“We have named a 800-plus contingent, including 572 athletes and we will compete in 36 sports. I am hoping that we will get more medals then the last edition,” he stated.
Mehta knowledgeable that major sponsors Edelweiss has agreed to prolong the Rs 50 lakh existence insurance coverage duvet to the entire taking part athletes.
Earlier, the insurance coverage duvet was once simplest supposed for athletes whose federations are affiliated to the IOA, leaving out gamers from minor sports activities like pencak silat, sambo, kurash amongst others
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