Sports to be made part of CBSE system, says Minister Chennai, Oct 29 (PTI) Minister of Youth Aff

Sports to be made part of CBSE system, says Minister Chennai, Oct 29 (PTI) Minister of Youth Affairs andSports (independent-in-charge) Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday saidthe CBSE was preparing a system to ensure sports becomes asubstantial part of education to determine the achievement ofa student.

'Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has already announcedsetting up a Board for Sports Education. Now, under the neweducation policy, sports will become a part of education andthe CBSE is preparing a system to ensure sports becomes asubstantial part of education,' Rijiju said.

He said this after inaugurating the Dr N P V RamaswamyUdayar Hockey Centre at Sri Ramachandra Medical College andUniversity here.

Rijiju said the move to induct sports in the neweducation system was because it has been treated as anextra-curricular activity.

'Earlier, sports was treated as extra-curricularactivities. Sports was not part of education system and it wastreated as an extra,' he said.

Under the new initiative, the Minister said the CentralBoard of Secondary Education was preparing a system andsports would not be treated as an extra or just an option.

'Sports is the central part of education system now.

There is a major shift we are taking forward. Prime Ministeris very clear in that,'he said.

Later talking to reporters, he said his Ministry was intouch with Human Resources Development Ministry in thisregard.

'I have already attended the cabinet meeting and I havealready spoken there. Now, it is under preparation (to includesports in educations system). Policy has been accepted. How toimplement, when to start, this will depend on the preparation.

Modi government is treating sports as greatest priority everand that is how India will become a sporting powerhouse infuture,' he said.

On the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, he said it was just 10months away and one cannot create a champion overnight.

'It takes years for a player to become a champion. So, wewill go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with full preparation butwith existing talents. We have decided to give the bestpossible support system, including creating an India Housepavilion in Tokyo,' he said.

The India House, he said, would offer complete support toIndian athletes like food, transport and provision ofaccommodation. 'Everything will be managed by India House andwe must ensure full preparatory support to our team,' he said.

He said the next big target for India was that it shouldbe in the top 10 medal list in the world since in Rio deJaneiro olympics, India managed to secure only two medals.

He said the Olympics in Paris would be held in 2024 andin 2028 in Los Angeles.

'I met all heads of sports federations and the target in2024 we have to cross double-digit medal tally and by 2028Olympics, India must be in the top 10 medal list of the world.

There is no second thought. We must be clear in our objective.

Otherwise, how will India become a sporting powerhouse,' heasked.

To a query, he said Tamil Nadu has a great sports cultureand the state has huge potential to produce more talents infuture.

'I want to promote traditional sports. There are manytraditional sports in Tamil Nadu. Not only Olympics sports, wewant to promote traditional sports which are played invillages,' he said.

He said to nurture the sporting talents at the young agethe Ministry under the 'Khelo India' initiative would scoutfor talents at a very young age across India on a massivescale.

'A total of 14,000 young boys and girls has beenidentified and put into various training centres under KheloIndia schemes and through Sports Authority of India. We wantto enlarge that,' he said. PTI VIJNVG NVG