- Hon’ble Chief Minister ji honours 16 talented sportspersons with Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Ji International Sports Awards.
- Prepare calendar for regular organisation of sports events for students belonging to rural areas from next educational session.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms. Mayawati ji here today honoured 16 sportspersons, who had brought laurels to State and Country by winning medals in Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, with
Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Ji International Sports Awards-2010 at a function held at her official Kalidas Marg residence. The sportspersons were given away mementos, citation letters and a total award amount of Rs. 1.97 crore by the Hon’ble Chief Minister ji.
The sportspersons honoured by the Hon’ble Chief Minister ji with Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Ji International Sports Awards-2010, included Km. Anuraj Singh, Mr. Ashish Kumar, Mr. Tushar Khandkar, Mr. Danish
Mujtabah and Mr. Sunil Kumar. All of them won medals at Commonwealth Games as well as Asian Games. Besides, Smt. Sudha Singh, Mr. Jasmer Singh, Mr. Rajesh Kumar, Mr. Lokesh Kumar and Mr. Rahul Bajaj won
medals in Asian Games, while Km. Alka Tomar, Ms. N.G. Sonia Chanu, Mr. Narsingh Yadav, Mr. Imran Hassan Khan, Mr. Ritul Chatterjee and Mr. Anuj Chaudhary won medals in Commonwealth Games.
Congratulating the medal winning sportspersons, the Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that they had brought laurels to the State by winning more medals if compared to any other single state. She expressed the hope that they would continue their performance in future as well and bring more laurels to the State and they would also be a source of inspiration for others. The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that the State Government honoured sportspersons, who brought laurels to the State through their performances, by giving them away Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Ji International Sports Awards. She said that this award had been instituted to encourage the sportspersons and sports activities in the State. She said that the excellent display of talent of the sportspersons of the State indicated that there was no dearth of talent in U.P. nor the sportspersons were weary of hard work.
She said that there was need to hone the skills of the raw talent. She said that the State Government was making special efforts to encourage the talent present in rural areas, because without that we cannot excel in national-international sports events. The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that various sports events should be
regularly organised in the rural areas to achieve this purpose. She said that sports like Kabaddi, wrestling, Kho-Kho, swimming, volley-ball, football, hockey and athletics should be included as these sports did not require expensive resources.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister directed the officers of sports department to co-ordinate with the officers of education and youth welfare departments to prepare a calendar for organising sports competitions for students of rural areas in regular manner and implement this calendar from next academic session. She also directed the officers of sports department to ensure the participation of children belonging to rural areas and organise sports competitions at district, division and state level. She said that her government is committed to provide ultra-modern facilities and resources to sports persons.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that state government is paying full attention to strengthen basic infrastructure of sports and develop sports culture in the state. Keeping this in view, she had laid the foundation stone of two new sports colleges on the occasion of her birthday on 15th January this year, which would be equipped with all modern sports facilities and resources. An amount of more than Rs. 86.63 crore is estimated on the proposed sports college in Saharanpur and more than Rs. 81.14 crore on the
construction of sports college proposed in Fatehpur. Besides, sports department had also dedicated 9 projects worth more than Rs. 6.23 crore to the people, she added.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the government had sanctioned the construction of stadium in all newly created districts. The construction of swimming pool is in progress in 10 districts, besides making the swimming pool of K.D. Sing Babu Stadium ‘all weather’. Two International sports complex and astro-turf field for Hockey in two districts are also under construction. After honouring sports persons with awards, the Hon’ble Chief Minister listened to the problems of the players and their sports needs. She directed the officers to solve the problems of sports persons, so that they could make preparations for future sports competitions.
It may be recalled that each player who won gold medal in solo competition in Commonwealth and Asian Games got Rs. 15 lakh, silver medal Rs. 10 lakh and bronze medal Rs. 08 lakh. Similarly, each player of
the state in team competition in these International Games got Rs. 10 lakh, Rs. 08 lakh and Rs. 06 lakh as prize money on gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.
On this occasion, Chief Secretary Mr. Atul Kumar Gupta welcomed the guests. Additional Cabinet Secretary Mr. Raveendra Singh conducted the programme and expressed his gratitude towards the guests.