New Delhi [India]May 29 (ANI): Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju vowed on Sunday to align the Delhi Capital Badminton Association (DCBA) target with Khelo India to seek talented badminton players across the country.
Rijiju’s remarks came as the 2022 badminton championship hosted by DCBA ended on Sunday.
“We want to align DCBA’s focus with that of Khelo India and take it to district level in other states. When I was Minister of Sports, I started TOPS Junior under Khelo India so that we have future prospects for Olympic medals,” Kiren Rijiju told reporters here in Delhi.
The Union Justice Minister said that India has yet to recognize the power of sport, adding that sport changes a person’s way of life and thinking ability.
Kiren Rijiju, who previously served as Union Sports Minister, said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Khelo India is progressing successfully.
“Under the ji leadership of Prime Minister Modi, Khelo India is progressing successfully. Sport changes our way of life, it motivates in all aspects of our lives. We have not yet identified motor sports, sports is also a booming industry, sports is also life,” he added.
Speaking about the tournament, Rijiju said, “I am here to motivate the athletes, I love sports and in our country badminton has found its place lately. I can guarantee that badminton will play a major role in India’s medal quest at Paris 2024.”
“With both men’s and women’s teams, India has become a major force in badminton. So many countries play badminton but India has become a powerhouse,” he added.
More than 1,700 commuters participated in the various categories of the 2022 Delhi State Ranking Badminton Championship, which ended here on Sunday, May 29.
The DCBA President congratulated the players and said the atmosphere during the tournament was very lively and exciting.
“The challenges are always there in this particular tournament, the challenge was that some of the players had their board exams. So I had to reschedule the tournament because I didn’t want anyone to fail their exam. But beyond that the venue was superb, it is a great complex, I would like to thank the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University,” Ameeta Singh said in a statement on the sidelines of the flagship event.
“The atmosphere was very live and exciting and I can assure you that if there are things that have been overlooked, I will definitely make up for it in the next tournament,” she added.
The Indian badminton team made history on May 15 by winning the first Thomas Cup title since its inception in 1949.
“The country is now turning to badminton, especially after the Thomas Cup victory. We are not very far from being the number one game, we as India have shown our supremacy in the world of badminton,” said Ameeta Singh.
Speaking of the players who failed to win laurels despite their best efforts, the DCBA President said: “It’s not the first, it’s not the last, the goals have to be high and it has to be a lot of determination and dedication. It’s an ongoing process, they should analyze where they failed.
Sunday’s event was graced by DCBA President Ameeta Singh, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Vice President Sudhanshu Mittal and other dignitaries honored the event as the tournament ended with great fervor and passion. (ANI)
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