27 Dec 2022

India Can Become A Sporting Superpower: Anurag Thakur Tells How

Bhopal: Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur paid a visit to the Sports Authority of India National Center of Excellence in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh and interacted with athletes as well as took a tour of the various facilities in the centre. The visit took place ahead of the launch of the logo of Khelo India Youth Games to be held in Madhya Pradesh.
Commenting on the sports infrastructure available across the State, the Union Minister added, "Bhopal has one of the best shooting and equestrian ranges. It is close to world class. The State of MP is also prepared very much for the Khelo India Youth Games.”
“MP is slowly becoming a hub of sports in India. I wish if all other States and UTs follow the example, India will become a sporting superpower soon", he added.

Thakur visited the MP Hall at the SAI center which features the Sports Science departments as well as the Judo, Wushu, Boxing and the Hockey Field of Plays (FOPs). The SAI NCOE Bhopal covers the following sports disciplines: Athletics, Boxing, Hockey, Judo, Wushu and Kayaking & Canoeing.
"What the Sports Authority of India is doing to maintain close to 100 acres big centers and campuses is also noteworthy. I congratulate the authorities who do so many programs as well for athletes, coaches, support staff and so on", Thakur mentioned.

Earlier in the day Union Minister visited the para canoeing facility in the state and was accompanied by Smt Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Minister of Sports and Youth Welfare, MP, as well as other officials from the Madhya Pradesh government. They interacted with a few athletes, including para-canoeist Prachi Yadav, who scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win a medal (bronze) at the Paracanoe World Cup in Poland earlier this year.

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