New Delhi, August 11: Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said that Sports Bill will be a reality soon and added that he will ensure that it covers all sports bodies.
Speaking exclusively to WION, Rijiju also spoke at length about Davis Cup.
He said that for any bilateral sporting event with Pakistan, permission is required from the government but for any multilateral international sports activity, the government does not have any leverage as India is a signatory to international sporting regulations like Olympic Charter.
“Davis Cup is not a bilateral event, we must understand this,” he added.
Davis Cup is expected to take place in Pakistan and the situation has become more complicated after Pakistan immaturely reacted to India’s move to do away with article 370.
The minister also said that Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry would organise special events for two newly created Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
“I would organise national integration camps in Jammu and Kashmir and better sports infrastructure would be provided in Ladakh. I have also decided to recognise ice hockey for Ladakh,” said Rijiju.
He expressed his disappointment over the dropping of shooting from next Commonwealth Games and said his ministry will need to finalise its stand soon.
“We are disappointed by the decision but at the same time, we need to ensure that other sports do not suffer. I’m going to call a meeting on this issue very soon,” he said.
Rijiju also spoke on the fitness campaign, the government is going to launch by the end of this month. He said that sports and fitness go hand in hand and by this campaign, the government wants to ensure that people at large adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Cricket coming under NADA is a ‘welcome move’, he added.
SAI set to hire nutritionists, chefs to provide personalised diet to athletes
In a first, the Sports Authority of India is set to hire top-of-the-line professionals — nutritionists, chefs and managers — to ensure that athletes are given personalised diets at its centres. The personalised diets will be provided at its centres in Delhi, Patiala, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata, Bhopal, Gandhinagar, Lucknow, Imphal, Guwahati, Mumbai, Sonepat, Aurangabad, Rohtak and Alleppey.
SAI has already sought applications from nutritionists, assistant nutritionists, chefs, assistant chefs and mess managers, to put in place an in-house system by September 15, 2019.
To ensure that the best resources can be hired, remunerations have been kept at par with industry standards, with a thrust on technical competence and experience in a related field. Chefs and nutritionists will be hired at a salary of up to Rs 1 lakh.
In the new system the diet for each athlete, irrespective of age and category, will be drawn up without any financial ceiling by the nutritionist in consultation with the coach training the athlete and on-campus sports science experts.
A series of checks have been put in place to ensure that the best quality food is served to athletes. Sudden checks by the head of institute and daily checks by the nutritionists will be part of the quality control process, along with a weekly consultation session by nutritionists and coaches with the athletes for their first-hand feedback.
The move is an implementation of the decision taken by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju in June, to end the disparity in diet between senior and junior athletes.
Speaking about the implementation of his decision Rijiju said, “Different athletes have different diet requirements and deciding on their food intake purely on the basis of whether they are senior or junior was not the right way. “It had to be corrected, and we have done it. We will ensure that every athlete gets the diet that he or she needs. We will put together a thoroughly professional team for best results.” (wion/PTI)