HARPAL SINGH BEDI /New Delhi/
To spot the talent at the grass root level, the sports ministry Friday announced an ambition plan of selecting 1000 promising young athletes who will be funded by the government for eight years.
The ministry will spend Rs 5 lakh per year on the training of each of them, Sports Minister Vijay Goel said at a function here this afternoon. “Not only this, every year we will keep identifying talent and add them to the scheme,” said the minister.
Goel, who has completed a year in office , however did not clarify what will be the criteria to pick those athletes, saying it is yet to be formulated.
He also announced that his Ministry’s Talent Search Portal is ready for launch and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon launch it. “It (portal) is being translated in Hindi and other regional languages. We want the Prime Minister to launch for obvious reason. It will become big event if he launches it,” .
As ked about the inquiry involving para swimmer Kanchanmala Pande, who was left to fend for herself in Berlin due to lack of funds from PCI, the minister said he has not yet received any report on the matter.
“In the next 10 days, I will be able to say something in this. Everyone has his own version. We had released funds on time. I don’t want to interfere in the functioning of Federations but we are keeping a check,” .
Talking about pending Sports Code Bill, he claimed that the revised Bill has something good in store for women but did not reveal much.
The minister also announced that a five-member High Powered Committee has been set up to look into grievances of sports women.
The Committee will headed by additional Secretary Kiran Soni Gupta.