Sports Policy to Come up by October – Pramod Madhwaraj
Udupi: The State government will come up with a sports policy by October end said Pramod Madhwaraj Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports.
He was speaking after the state-level deputy directors for Youth Affairs and Sports meeting at Udupi, Ajjarkad grounds here on August 17.
The policy will not only guide how sports events are organized, but will also decide how to identify sports talents and nurture them. We will organize meetings in 5 districts to get the feedback for drafting the policy. The meetings will be organised in Udupi, Bengaluru, Belagavi, Dharwad and Kalburgi.
The State government is spending in crores to develop infrastructure in the district stadiums. Many stadiums were running in loss. We have decided to instruct all the deputy directors of Sport and youth affairs to run the stadiums using Udupi and Mangaluru district stadiums as models. The Mangaluru stadium is earning Rs 45 lakh profit while Udupi stadium has Rs 10 lakh profit per year.
The minister further said that when I visited Chamundivihar Stadium Mysuru, the hostels and ongoing swimming pool work. I was upset with the upkeep of toilets. I have given a 30-day deadline to the assistant director to set right the facilities for the public and sportspersons, especially for women. We have also instructed all the district assistant directors to see that the stadiums are well maintained, he added.
For the first time, the state government has distributed Rs 2 lakh for each sportsperson representing Rio Olympics as remuneration. 11 athletes have represented Karnataka State for the Rio Olympics.
After the meeting, all the deputy directors visited Ajjarkad stadium, Indoor stadium, and Sports Hostel and inspected the facilities.
Anurag Agarwal deputy director state Sports and youth affairs, Vijay Prakash personal secretary to the minister and other senior officials were present.