Haryana govt to formulate new sports policy
Kurukshetra, Nov 19 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced that the government was going to formulate a sports policy to promote sports, especially in the villages.
The government had given away cash prizes worth Rs three crore to the sportspersons of Haryana, besides increasing their diet money from Rs 50 to Rs 100, the Chief Minister announced at the opening ceremony of the 4-day 21st Haryana State Games at the Daronacharya Stadium here.
The Chief Minister declared the Games open in a colourful ceremony. The Games are being organised by the Haryana Olympics Association (HOA) in which about 5000 men and women sportspersons from all over the state will show their performance in 27 sports disciplines and athletes.
The Chief Minister said under this new sports policy schemes would be implemented to facilitate the sportspersons so that they might earn a name for their state and country at the national and international level. He disclosed that 119 sports stadia had been constructed in the rural areas of the state and many more such stadia would be set up later. He said the government was giving top priority to strengthen the development infrastructure of health, education and sports departments.
Mr Naveen Jindal, the local MP and President of HOA in his welcome address said the Association would spare no pains in promoting sports talents as there was adequate sports potential, especially in the rural areas. He said cash awards and other facilities would be given to those players who would smash sports records.
During the games sportspersons will exhibit their performance in 27 sports events, which include archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, chess, fencing, football, gymnastic, handball, hockey, kabaddi, kho-kho, lawn tennis, judo, table tennis, volley ball, weight lifting, wrestling, swimming, tai-quando, roller skating and rifle shooting.
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