Administrators have to become more receptive to the athletes need: Rathore

New Delhi: Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore addresses during the CII Big Picture Summit 2015 in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh(PTI10_19_2015_000022A)
Vastavam web: Administrators will have to become more receptive to the athletes’ needs this was Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s message to officials during a surprise inspection of the SAI office at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, today.Rathore, who took charge from Vijay Goel after a cabinet reshuffle a couple of days ago, reached the stadium around 9:15am when a lot of officials had not even reached office.The 47-year-old, the country’s first Olympian to become the Sports Minister, told the Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials that work has to be done keeping in mind “service”.
The minister checked each and every room at the JLN stadium which also houses Sports Authority of India (SAI) headquarters. He even inspected the canteen to check cleanliness.”The minister also checked how the data on athletes is maintained and suggested complete digitisation of the athletes’ record and demanded a status report,” the official added.Another official said that he directed administrators to adopt a model based on Gramin Khel Utsav for involvement and participation of youth in sports activities.On his first day in office, Rathore had made it clear that the philosophy of his ministry would be respect and facilities for athletes.Going down the memory lane, he recalled the days when as an athlete, he had to take permission at the reception to enter the ministry premises.