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Khelo India Will Make Country Sporting Powerhouse: Deepak Thakur

Bhubaneswar: Former India hockey participant Deepak Thakur believes the Khelo India initiatives by the federal government will propel sports activities to the following stage, even rework the nation into a world powerhouse within the not too distant future.

Deepak, who’s on the Khelo India College Video games 2020 as a expertise scout, stated, “It’s a nice initiative by the Ministry of Sports activities and the Sports activities Authority of India. It is vitally essential to create a sporting tradition for folks of all age teams.

“It ought to have begun a very long time in the past however I’m glad it’s taking place now. I’ve been right here for the previous few days as a expertise scout, and the environment and the services are similar to what we get on the Asian Video games or the Commonwealth Video games. It will spur numerous children to set larger targets. If this continues, India will turn out to be an enormous sporting nation quickly.”

Speaking in regards to the requirements on the Khelo India College Video games 2020, and the way sport has developed over time, the 39-year-old stated, “I got to watch most of the disciplines here, and the standards that the athletes are displaying are really high. It has improved a lot over the years and it makes you feel jealous because when I was playing, we did not have these opportunities. Times have changed for the good.”

“We were in a meeting with the Sports Ministry on Sunday and I can say that the Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju is very positive. The vision that he has for sports in our country will take Indian sport to the higher level. When you know that your government is supporting you, as an athlete, you obviously want to push yourself and give more. The reason that cricket has developed so much is because they have improved the grassroots structure,” added the previous India participant.

Deepak additionally added that any teen who’s deserving on the Video games will get assist from the federal government. “I’m also a coach at the Khelo India Hockey Academy in Chandigarh. Some of the youngsters who are selected over here will go for screening in the national camps, and whoever is deserving will make it to the next level and hopefully represent India some day. In a recent meeting with the Sports Ministry, we have also discussed about the prospect of getting in touch with former Olympians, and avail their services to help develop the grassroots programme,” he revealed.

Requested if the Khelo India College Video games 2020 would assist discover extra Olympians from the nation, Deepak stated, “It is not about finding Olympians in our country anymore, that era is over. It is about finding medallists. I’m very sure the hockey team will win a medal at the next Olympics. I’m confident about this because so much development has happened over the years.”

(IANS)

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