New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju reiterated that India’s Olympic-bound athletes are national heroes and urged the people to extend support to these players in the same way they follow cricketers in the country.
Rijiju was speaking at a virtual interaction organised by CII-Sportscom Industry Confederation in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to create awareness regarding India’s preparation for Tokyo 2021 Olympics and Paralympics.
Announcing a Cheer Up Campaign across the country, the Union Sports Minister said over 6000 Selfie Points will be set up where people can show their support. “I have spoken to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and he immediately deployed space across 6000 railway stations across the country where Olympics Selfie Points have been set up.
“I wanted the Olympics movement and the importance of Olympics to be understood by everyone, spread across the length and breadth of India. Sports is the biggest soft power of a nation,” he added.
Speaking during the interaction, former hockey international MM Somaya appreciated the government’s role in supporting the federations with regards to coaching and other facilities.
“We have some of the world’s best coaches involved with hockey these days and our boys and girls are in good hands,” he said, adding that he was hopeful that India could challenge for a medal in Tokyo.