TODAY -

Witnessing the resurgence

PT Usha *



As I reflect upon my journey as a sportsperson in India, and now as the first female President of the Indian Olympics Association, I am overwhelmed with a deep sense of pride and fulfillment.

The phenomenal turnaround in Indian sports over the past nine years, under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been truly awe-inspiring. From transformative infrastructure developments to focused training programs and increased funding, our Nation has witnessed an unprecedented rise in sporting achievements.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this turnaround in Indian sports is the incredible performance of women athletes, particularly those hailing from rural and underprivileged backgrounds. Despite facing numerous challenges, these women have displayed unparalleled determination and resilience.

Their remarkable success at the international level in disciplines such as athletics, hockey, badminton, table tennis, wrestling, weightlifting and boxing amongst many other sports is a testament to their indomitable spirit and unwavering dedication.

Prime Minister Modiís personal connect with sportspersons has been truly inspiring. His unwavering support and genuine interest in the athletesí well-being have created a strong sense of belief and motivation.

The Prime Ministerís interaction with athletes, his words of encouragement, and his keen interest in their progress have instilled a sense of pride and responsibility within the sporting fraternity. This personal connect has gone a long way in building confidence and a winning mindset among Indian athletes.

The Indian Governmentís increased budget allocation for sports has been a significant driving force behind our success. Recognizing the transformative power of sports, the government has consistently prioritized sports funding, resulting in enhanced infrastructure, training programs, and athlete welfare.

The increased financial backing has provided athletes with the necessary resources to compete at the highest level without financial constraints, ensuring that their focus remains solely on achieving sporting excellence.

The Khelo India initiative has been instrumental in fostering a sporting culture and creating a strong grassroots foundation. This program has not only encouraged participation in sports but has also provided crucial support and guidance to young athletes.

By organizing inter-school and inter-college competitions, Khelo India has unearthed hidden talents from all corners of the country. The program has given young athletes the belief and platform to dream big, igniting a passion for sports and paving the way for future champions.

The Fit India Movement, launched by Prime Minister Modi, has been a catalyst for transforming the nationís fitness and well-being landscape. By emphasizing the importance of an active lifestyle, the movement has motivated millions of Indians to embrace sports and prioritize their health. This shift towards a fitter and healthier nation has directly contributed to the success of our athletes, as physical fitness forms the cornerstone of sporting excellence.

One of the most impactful initiatives that has propelled Indian sports to new heights is the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). The implementation of TOPS has been a game-changer, as it identifies and nurtures the finest sporting talents in the country.

Through this scheme, athletes receive world-class training, specialized coaching, and financial support, ensuring that they have all the necessary resources to excel on the global stage. The focus on individualized attention and personalized training programs has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in our athletesí exceptional performances.

Additionally, the establishment of National Centres of Excellence (NCOEs) has revolutionized the sporting landscape in India. These centers provide state-of-the-art infrastructure, cutting-edge training facilities, and access to top-tier coaches and support staff. The NCOEs have become hubs of excellence, where athletes receive world-class training and are exposed to international standards. This has significantly contributed to their development and helped them realize their true potential.

Thanks to the Prime Ministerís unwavering focus on sports and the governmentís holistic approach towards sports development, India has achieved unprecedented success at international events. Our athletes have scaled new heights, clinching medals and setting records at the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, and World Championships. Indian sports is now celebrated globally, and our athletes are looked upon as true champions.

I have always strongly believed that sports is a potent tool for socioeconomic development. Young Indians being exposed to sports will go a long way in improvement of their physical health and building character, this would go on to contribute significantly to societal reform and our human capital.

The Indian Olympic Association along with Honíble PM Narendra Modi Jiís Govt. which has just completed its 9th year successfully are collectively working towards ensuring our youngsters play a LOT more sports, such that we as a country march ever nearer to the great Olympic ideal of ĎCitius, Altius, Fortiusí meaning Faster, Higher, Stronger!


* PT Usha wrote this article for PIB which was publised at The Sangai Express
This article was webcasted on 03 June 2023.



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