Shinde hails availability of sports literature in regional languages

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Pune, May 1 (UNI) Union power minister Sushilkumar Shinde today said the availability of sports literature in regional languages so as to reach the masses at the grassroot level was a revolutionary step in the right direction.

''With the country making rapid strides economically, the same momentum has to be maintained in developing the much-needed sports literature in the regional languages for the benefit of young generation and school children to keep them abreast with the latest rules and development from time to time,'' he said while inaugurating the first ever All India Marathi Sports Literature Sammelan at the Balgandharva Rang Mandir here.

He along with Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President and MP Suresh Kalmadi lighted a traditional lamp to formally inaugurate the Sammelan.

Mr Shinde, who was the minister of sports in the Maharashtra government, observed that even the electronic media was doing a good job in advancing technical knowledge.

Mr Kalmadi stressed the need for creation of sports literature in regional languages, which could percolate down to the masses in rural areas from where the talents could be unearthed.

He said the ultra modern infrastructure for sports created here for hosting the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) has attracted the attention of countries like England, Australia and Canada, who want their sportspersons to come and train at Pune in preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be held in New Delhi, during the winter season.

The most important reason being that all the related facilities are available at one venue itself. Unlike the first two editions of the CYG, the games here will have nine disciplines, he elaborated.

''India will make a serious bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, the first ever, but all depends on the success of the 2008 CYG and the 2010 CG. The CYG are the trial run for the CG, hence, it is the responsibility of Puneites to make the games a thumping success, the IOA chief pointed out.

Speaking on the occasion, former information and broadcasting minister Brig K P Singhdeo (Retd) also expressed the need to develop literature in regional languages throughout the country.

Earlier, the Sammelan president Pralhad Sawant emphasised on the dire need of having the sports literature in Marathi, saying it would help to reach the common man.

Since lot of sports literature is available in English, the common people have no access to it but with the availability of similar literature in Marathi they would be benefited, he added.

The Sammelan reception committee chairman Prof Balasaheb Landge spelt out many schemes to be implemented in development of sports literature.

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