Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who also holds the education portfolio in government, announced that the government would soon open a sports school in the national capital. The proposed sports school would help students to build their career in sports, rather than academics. Sisodia was attending an award ceremony to honour outstanding sportspersons organized by Directorate of Education at Thyagraj Stadium when he made the announcement.
Five sportspersons were honoured with Rajiv Gandhi State Sports Award by Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Wednesday. Sisodia said that the government is keen to help such students who wish to make a career in sports and would do the same by providing enough opportunities to deserving students. “We will soon come up with a sports school which will focus less on academics, and sports will be given preference instead,” he said.
In the event, Mr. Sisodia also mentioned that the Delhi government would provide training and coaching to prepare interested students at par with international standards for which the government has already started discussions with training authorities and sports academies. International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has also been approached by Delhi government to organize training sessions for Delhi students, he added.
“If there are students who want to develop their career in sports why should we force them to study history, geography or physics. We need to discover the talent of such students and give them special training for the particular sport of their interest,” he said while adding that a student should not be pressurized to pursue studies, if he is willing to make a career in sports.
Comparing the struggle that a sportsperson counters in his field with the struggle a students makes to earn a graduate degree, he said “A sportsperson should also be awarded with a degree which will help him earn livelihood and secure a job.”
Delhi government is planning to frame a sports policy, for which it is taking recommendations from key sportspersons. Badminton Star Pullela Gopichand is also slated to organize a workshop-cum-training session for officials in Delhi this week.
At the awards ceremony, cash incentives amounting to Rs 8.64 crore were disbursed to 3,754 sportspersons who have represented Delhi in various state, national and international level sports competitions.