Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Saturday called for an independent audit of sports infrastructure in schools and colleges, adding that he wanted the state to become the first in the country to make sports a right of the people.
“Maharashtra has a population of 11.5 crore, which is more than the combined population of Germany, Australia and New Zealand put together. I want Maharashtra to become the first state in the country to make sports the right of the people. It will make sports accessible, affordable and inclusive,” Rao stated.
Rao said involvement of corporates must be sought to build and develop sports infrastructure. “In this connection, I will ask the Sports Department of Maharashtra to conduct an independent audit of sports infrastructure in schools and colleges. Let us find out how many schools and colleges have proper playgrounds, how many have facilities for indoor games and dedicated coaches for sports. The schools and colleges with the best sports infrastructure should be suitably rewarded,” Rao said.