Gill urges inclusion of youth in sports set-up

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New Delhi, Apr 23 (UNI) Assuring his full support to all the federations of India, Sports Minister M S Gill today said there is an intense need of youngsters in the management and technical aspects of every game.

''Obviously the experience and knowledge of the veterans can not be replaced but I feel we need younger people both in the management and technical aspects of the sports,'' Gill said here at a workshop organised by the Athletics Federation of India.

Gill reiterated that the other sports have taken a backseat as cricket is getting all the money and attention.

''The Government talks about 'Aam Aadmi' but cricket is not a sport associated with the common man. There are 6,00,000 villages in rural India and we need to promote games that are inexpensive and easy to understand.

''Hockey is a game of sentiments and we are very much attached to it. Football is a world sport while I feel we have players who are very good at playing volleyball and basketball. These are the sports that we need to get a push, ''he said.

Gill further added that he has a long awaited dream of seeing an Indian standing tall on the podium in the main stadium at the Olympics and make the nation proud.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi said the 2001 Sports Policy has been given a green signal by all the sports federations of India and its time that it is put into force.

''The 2001 Sports Policy should be activated and needs a push from the government as well.

''All the Federations are eager to hold a meeting on it and we feel it should be implemented,'' Kalmadi said.

Gill too, endorsed Kalmadi's suggestions and said there is no need to have any other policies on sports.

''Our only aim is to improve the standard of sports in India. I think we've already had a sports policy (2001) and there is no point adding more and more words to it,'' he said.

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