Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore said on Tuesday that the 'Khelo India' programme was a path for podium finishes at the Olympics.
Speaking at a Khelo India event here, Rathore told reporters, "This is the path that we have set at school right up to the Olympics."
"You can live your dream at the first level at the Khelo India school games and then your second dream will be to play in the Khelo India college games. And if you play these two and if you are selected by our champion selectors you will be in the line to be on the podium in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. And if you be there, I can guarantee there will be many more podium finishes at the Olympics," the 2004 Olympics silver medallist added.
The programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in the country at the grassroots level and make India a sporting nation.
The first Khelo India School Games, which are a part of the programme, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 31.
The event will conclude on February 8 and the sports minister expressed that he was happy with the standard of arrangements made for the games.
The newly elected sports minister also added that his aim was to create something along the lines of 'college game of America'.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.
As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.
Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.