Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Current Affairs - 2020

Khelo India Community Coach Development Programme

On June 2, 2020, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijju inaugurated the India Community Coach Development Programme

Highlights

The India Community Coach Development Programme is a 25-day long programme for community coaches and PE teachers all over the country. The programme has been launched to give more importance to Physical Education in schools. Both the Ministry of HRD and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports are to work together to take the programme to every school. Besides regular sessions by eminent educationalists in the sports field, international expert will also participate in the programme.

Significance

The Physical Education teachers and community coaches have major role to reach every child, motivate them to participate in fitness and sports activities.

The GoI has also launched several steps to encourage people to take up fitness as their way of life. The Fit India Movement is one such step.

Fit India Movement

The Fit India Movement was launched by PM Modi. The movement highlighted the need to stay healthy amidst the modern lifestyle disorders. It was announced to celebrate the National Sports Day.

Why is the programme important?

  • The WHO says that one in four adults is not active.
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research says that the deaths due to Non-Communicable Diseases are increases. This can be reduced only through physical activities
  • The National Family Health Survey says that 11% of women and 15% of men are hypertensive. Fitness exercises will help improve hypertensive conditions.

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.