- Government will be recruiting 1,500 coaches to fill up the current vacancies and support Indian Athletes
- Assistant coaches will soon be promoted to the senior level to deal with the shortage of coaches in India.
- The government has also started hiring foreign coaches to increase the quality of training for Indian athletes.
Speaking at the sidelines of the National Girl Child Day program, Rijiju said: “There are approximately 1500 vacancies for coaches, whom we couldn’t hire due to technical reasons. So we have decided to fill up these vacancies in the coming days.”
I joined our athletes at SAI Training Centers, IG Stadium New Delhi to observe 'National Girl Child Day' with the theme #BetiBachaoBetiPadhao as launched by PM @narendramodi ji. We are proud of our girls shinning in international sporting competitions. #MeriBetiMeraGarv pic.twitter.com/Vvj1owVKVt
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) January 24, 2020
Assistant coaches will soon be promoted to the senior level to deal with the shortage of coaches in India. “We are not going to wait for the 8 years period and will promote the assistant coaches to senior-level after few years on the basis of their service record so that there is no dearth of coaches.”
The government has also started hiring foreign coaches to increase the quality of training for Indian athletes. “We are hiring reputed foreign coaches, irrespective of their remuneration. There will be no shortage of funds for the training of the Indian athletes. There are some very good Indian trainers and coaches and we are hiring them as well.”
Rijiju also praised the performance of women athletes in recent times.
He said: “The performance of Indian women athletes in Olympics and world championships are better than men. They win more medals than the boys in international tournaments. We have told the sports training centres to give equal opportunities to women.”
He further adds that the country stands to lose at least 60 per cent medals by not encouraging women. “They train as harder and have equal standing as men,” Rijiju said.
Providing Better Dietary support at Training Centres and thoughts on Khelo India Games
The sports ministry is also attempting to provide athletes diet at all training centres in the country. “I had gone to Lucknow recently and there I came to know the quality of food was not good, so I stepped in and now I have got the feedback that the quality has improved,” he said.
The 13-day national sporting extravaganza- Khelo India Youth Games 2020 ended on Wednesday (22 January 2020). Maharashtra retained their Khelo India Games crown with a record medal tally of 256 medals. Sharing his thoughts on the performance of the event, Rijiju said:
“I was extremely happy to see so many national records being broken during the Khelo India Games which is an Under-21 tournament. Some of these athletes will also participate in the Olympics and in other various international events.”