Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Current Affairs - 2019

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India Sports Summit–Fitness: $10 Billion Opportunity organised in New Delhi

The ‘India Sports Summit- Fitness: $10 Billion Opportunity’ was held on 10 October 2019 in New Delhi. It was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in partnership with Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS), Sportscom, and Sportskeeda

Key Highlights of Summit

Objective: It is focused on driving objective of ‘Sports and Industry’ through various initiatives, advocating for new policies for the sector, encourage investments in the sector of sports, create roadmap in encouraging fitness programmes in school education and industry participation in the FIT INDIA Movement.

Participation: It was attended by many noted names from Sports Fraternity and governing bodies.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju’s Address: He noted that if every Indian starts paying attention to sports, every sport will become an industry. He also stressed on the need for building sports culture, creating opportunities for youth, partnerships between Ministries and corporates to leverage potential of 10 billion dollar fitness industry. He also reiterated importance of citizen involvement to fully leverage potential of fitness as an opportunity in India.

Khelo India Pledge Launched at Khelo India School Games Carnival

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has launched Pledge for Khelo India at Khelo India School Games Carnival in Delhi. The pledge resonates with vision of Khelo India programme and is aimed at inspiring youngsters to build mass participation and excellence in sports. It also is promise to participant and encourages sportsmanship spirit.

Khelo India School Games

Khelo India School Games was launched under Khelo India Programme. It was held at multiple venues across Delhi from January 31 to February 8, 2018. It encompassed 16 sports disciplines under which overall 199 gold medals, 199 silver medals, 275 bronze medals, to were awarded. It aimed at creating platform to showcase hidden talent, fostering young sports prodigies and creating awareness and cognizance about physical fitness as well as good health amongst youngsters.

Khelo India programme

The Khelo India Programme was launched in 2016 for building inclusive and comprehensive sports ecosystem in country. It aims at inculcating sports into the day to day lives of youngsters early on in their lives. It subsumed earlier three different schemes into one namely: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA), National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) and Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS).

Objectives

  • Promote Sports for All as well as Sports for Excellence and create an active population with healthy lifestyle.
  • Mainstream sport as tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.
  • Impact entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.
  • Engage youth living in disturbed and deprived areas, in sporting activities, to wean them away from unproductive and disruptive activities and mainstream them in nation-building process.