Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, announced on Tuesday that more than 500 sportspersons from the state would soon be included in the police force and other administrative divisions.
The 71st All India Police Athletics Cluster Championship, which is being held at the PAC Ground for five days, had its opening ceremony when the Chief Minister made the declaration.
After a ten-year hiatus, the championship is finally taking place in the state. Adityanath said in a statement that he was pleased that the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which is carrying out its duties on India’s borders with Nepal and Bhutan extremely effectively, was one of the championship’s organisers.
The championship has reached a new level this year, according to him, thanks to the involvement of 1,300 athletes from 32 districts. The CM claimed that in the past nine years, the country has experienced a growth in sports culture thanks to the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Athletes are not only competing more frequently at the Olympics, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games, but they are also taking home medals from these competitions, the CM said. “Every parliamentary constituency in the state is seeing between 2,000 and 2,500 athletes participate in sporting activities as a result of Sansad Khel Mahotsava.”
Along with sports colleges, the government is also constructing sports fields in villages, small stadiums in neighbourhoods, and stadiums in districts. He noted that a programme to provide sports equipment to Yuva Mangal Dal and Mahila Mangal Dal is also in progress.
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