Vastavam web: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today called on the corporate sector to come forward and take the top five Sports Authority of India (SAI) stadiums of the capital under their wings.Rathore said it is time the corporate sector come forward and discharge their duties in developing the younger generations of the country.Rathore termed India a “sleeping giant” and said it’s time for the country to wake up and show its sporting potential.
“India is a sleeping giant. Today it’s about just 5,000 athletes out of 100 crore people competing and winning one or two medals. But the day we wake up the world will realise our potential,” said Rathore, who today became the first sports minister of India to run with the Queens Baton Relay here.Players, fans and coaches are key and Indian Olympic Association (IOA), federations (NSFs) and sports ministry officials will be below them,” Rathore said.
“We need to bring down IOA, federations and sports ministry officials who used to call the shots earlier. Their responsibility will be to give the athletes the necessary help and platforms.”