68th All India Police Athletic Championship-2019 began at Bhanu in Panchkula District of Haryana yesterday. Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju declared the meet open at Basic Training Centre of ITBP.
Addressing the meet, Mr Rijiju said that with an aim to bring India in top 10 in the Olympics scheduled in 2028, the government has identified 15,000 plus children and started their training across 284 Sports Authority of India (SAI) training centres across the country. He said, to achieve this goal, the role of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and State Police organisations becomes very important. Efforts shall be made to assign few games to each force so that we can get good results in Olympics after 8 years.
The Minister stressed that Sports training centres shall be established in the forces. He also stressed that the government would like to handover few of the SAI extension to the State Governments. It will enable SAI to focus more on the National centres of excellence.
Inaugurating the games formally, the minister emphasized that he is hopeful during the conduct of this Championship, good talent will be identified which will lead to producing good athletes for the country in the future. He lauded the efforts of ITBP in promoting adventure and sports activities in the force.
Mr Rijiju mentioned that the government will bid for conducting Winter Olympics in India. Keeping in view the expertise of ITBP in operating in snow bound areas, ITBP is likely to be made the nodal agency for the conduct of these games.
The address of the Minister was followed by stunts on motor bikes by the Janbaaz team of ITBP and demonstrations of dog show, Karate and pipe band display by the Mahilas of the force.
On this occasion, Director General, ITBP, S S Deswal, apprised the minister of the achievements made by ITBP in the field of sports.