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- NGOs take responsibility for developing athletes at grassroots level
- Their aim is to provide for athletes struggling financially
- 1000 Khelo India centres to be established by sports ministry
All athletes have one dream, of representing India at the global stage and winning laurels for the country but more often than not, these dreams are cut short due to many reasons, for instance, lack of funds, training equipments or guidance.
This is where NGOs like Women in sport, India sport and India road runners come in the picture, run by Piyush Sachdeva, a former Haryana cricketer, with the only aim of developing and improving the conditions of Indian sportsmen, especially at the grassroots level.
Areas of help for the athletes through these foundations:
– Financial aid
– Non-financial support
– Development of women sports
– Development of athletes through camps
– Overall growth of sportspersons
Earlier this year, in January 2020, the India sport and women sport foundation wrote to PM Narendra Modi to enhance the help and support to develop grassroots athletes. One of the key suggestions were to expand the Khelo India programme to every state and union territory.
The sports minister Kiren Rijiju, had recently announced setting up of 1000 Khelo India centres to help promote the underprivileged athletes, giving a ray of hope that one centre could be established in Haryana, that many call the land of champions, for it’s given India many in Yogeshwar Dutt, Babita Phogat, Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Manu Bhaker and others.
Not many understand the business of sport and how NGOs are run to gather funds. The idea, Piyush Sachdeva, believes is to get some known faces that people identify with and raise funds for particular causes. Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini are some of the names that have in the past lent support to his causes.