Indian National Congress member and Member of Parliament for Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor has called on the Government of India and Sports Ministry for better promotion of kabaddi. Tharoor believes kabaddi should be a gift from India to the world of sports and the country should make sure other countries pick on the sport.
“Kabaddi should be one of India’s great gifts to the sporting world, but it is woefully neglected. We must take the lead in its international promotion. Hoping the government does more to tap this wonderful resource,” he said on Twitter.
Tharoor asked the Sports Ministry a few questions, pertaining to the promotion of kabaddi and it’s inclusion in the Olympics. He asked whether the Government has pushed all Asian countries, “including Korea and Malaysia” to ensure the inclusion of kabaddi in the Olympics since it has been included in the Asian Games. He also asked the Government to detail the measures it is taking for improving the standard of the sport in the country.
The Sports Ministry, in reply to him, said it hasn’t pushed the Asian countries for kabaddi’s inclusion in the Olympics but detailed the various steps it are taking to promote kabaddi within the country. It said it haas opened up SAI centres free of cost for people to have access to sports, including kabaddi. The sport has also been included in the Khelo India Games, which brings it more participation and visibility. The Ministry also said that 126 kabaddi athletes have been “selected under Talent Search and Development vertical of Khelo India Scheme for Long Term Athlete Development Programme.”
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— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 25, 2020