Bhubaneswar, July 17 (LocalWire): Odisha is shaping the future of India in sports, Dr Achyuta Samanta, MP, Kandhamal, today said in Parliament while taking part in in a session on discussion and voting on the demands for grants for ministry of youth affairs and sports during the ongoing budget session.
He said today’s youth will shape the country’s tomorrow and sports has a tremendous role to play in this regard.
Raising various grass-root issues of sport in the country, Samanta said, ‘we should strive to achieve our best potential.
Odisha now has become the sports capital of India due to continuous effort of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. World-class sports infrastructure has been created in the tribal-dominated state due to his efforts. In Indian hockey team, Odia players including Dilip Tirkey and many others have found place for the last so many years.’.
He also cited the example of Dutee Chand who won gold in the recently-concluded World University games in Italy.
Drawing parallel to active campaigns for schemes like Swachha Bharat, Ujjwala, Ayushman and Soubhagya schemes introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that similar campaigns are needed for sports to develop in the country.
‘We need to handhold and guide children from the formative stage and provide them suitable training and empower them with assurance of education and career, so that they can excel at the top level. Khelo India programme already has been introduced to revive the sports culture in India at grass root level by building strong framework.
We have to give more importance to it,’ Samanta said.