When the country is still brooding over its dismal performance at the Rio Olympics, one state has continued to add galore to the famine struck medal tally of the country and has now further moved a step ahead to strengthen its reputation as a leader in sports field of the country.
According to reports, Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij announced that the Motilal Nehru School of Sports at Rai, Sonepat is being considered for conversion into a Sports University. According to officials, the sports department has been given directions to explore all the possibilities in this regard.
Vij said, “the need of a Sports University is being felt in the state with a view to provide people with all kinds of sports facilities and complete training. For this, officers of the department have been asked to do a comprehensive study so that concrete decision could be taken in this department.” This move may not come as a surprise from the state, whose athletes bagged 2 out of 3 medals in Beijing Olympics. Furthering their dominance, the athletes bagged an unprecedented 4 out of total 6 medals in London and one out of two in Rio. have mostly done it in the field of boxing and wrestling, considered a poor man’s sports.
Though the athletes have mostly done it in the field of boxing and wrestling, considered a poor man’s sports. However, this may change as well for good if the proposal to establish a university catering to the needs of other sports sees the light of the day.
According to the sports minister, “the state government is providing training to the players but sports federation selects them for Olympics and other sports department.”
The dominance of the state especially becomes lustrous when other events like commonwealth games and the Asian games are included into the picture. For an instance, in the 2010 Common Wealth Games, out of the 101 medals won, 32 were won by the athletes from Haryana which would have placed it at number five and ahead of 66 countries. 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth games saw Haryana bagging 15 out of India’s impressive 64 medal hauls.
The sports minister has also revealed that besides upgrading Motilal Nehru School of sports – Rai, 20 sports nurseries would be opened in each district and the state government would provide Rs 1.25 lakhs to the schools selected for creating sports nurseries which would be spent on infrastructure.
The sprawling campus of the school which has, however, failed to produce an athlete of international repute lately. But being made available to a larger number would perhaps help in furtherance of the state’s reputation as sporting powerhouse of the country.