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Promote Sports Culture
We will create new sports facilities, improve the existing infrastructure and provide coaching assistance to sportspersons. We will open for the youth Delhi’s sports stadiums and complexes that at present are lying underutilized. More than 3000 government school playgrounds will also be made available to the local community after school hours.
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Delhi Government felicitates Olympic Champs PV Sindhu & Sakshi Malik Awards cash prizes of Rs 2 Crore and Rs 1 crore respectively Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal felicitated Olympic medal winners, PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, at a glittering ceremony in the Delhi Secretariat today. While Olympic silver medalist and shuttler PV Sindhu received a cash prize of Rs two crore, wrestler and bronze medalist Sakshi Malik was presented Rs one crore by the Delhi Government. “You have set a high benchmark for the women, youth and sportspersons in India,” said Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister Delhi Government. “PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik have honoured the entire country. We are grateful to their coaches for guiding them through this success.’’ The function which began at 10:30 AM at the Main Auditorium, also witnessed the presence of star badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, members of Cabinet, the Chief Secretary, Delhi and Secretary, Education along with other dignitaries of Delhi Government. The Delhi Government also lauded the coaches and the participants of the Rio Olympics 2016, for their hard work and dedication. While expressing gratitude to the Chief Minister for encouraging sportspersons, Olympic medalist PV Sindhu said, “It is a privilege to be here today. When we were at Rio, we weren’t carrying our phones and had no idea about what was happening at home. When we returned to India, everyone told us that they had been glued to their TV sets, for our matches. Thank you for all the love and support. A special mention has to be made of my coach Gopi Sir and the physios in the team who ensured that everything went off smoothly.” PV Sindhu scripted history by becoming country’s first shuttler to hand India an Olympic silver medal. Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia offered promotion for Sakshi Malik’s father, Shri Sukhbir Malik, who works as a bus conductor in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

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The Cabinet approved the Department of Education’s proposal to allow 77 playgrounds of government schools which are run in single shifts, for outdoor sports activities for the students and youth of respective areas. The playgrounds will be allowed for use to entities like sports associations and clubs, strictly for organising sporting events. Individuals interested in athletics can also use these premises so also can those interested in training and coaching students. The permission for using these playgrounds will be given by the concerned District Deputy Director of Education on a written proposal forwarded by concerned Heads of Schools. The Department of Education has pointed out that students and youth of Delhi do not have enough open spaces for participating in sporting activities.

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The Delhi government will soon come up with a "sports school" for students who want to build their career in sports rather than academics, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Wednesday. "We will soon come up with a sports school which will focus less on academics, and sports will be given preference instead. If there are students who want to develop their career in sports why should we force them to study history, geography or physics," Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, said at an award ceremony for sportspersons. "We need to discover the talent of such students and give them special training for the particular sport of their interest," he said. The minister conferred the Rajiv Gandhi State Sports Award on five sportspersons and disbursed cash incentives of Rs 8.64 crore to 3,754 outstanding sportspersons of Delhi for their achievements in the state, national and international-level competitions. He said the work is already in progress for a sports university which the government had announced earlier. "It is my dream...if a person plays for the country for 3-4 years, and he or she puts in the same efforts any student will make for earning a graduate degree in physics or chemistry, then the sportsperson should also be awarded with a degree which will help him earn livelihood and secure a job," Sisodia said. The government is also holding discussions with training authorities and academies of national and international standards, including FIFA to organise training sessions for the students in Delhi, he said.

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The Delhi government has approved a policy to open up several government school playgrounds before and after school hours as well as on holidays for the local community of the areas. The playgrounds are to be used strictly for outdoor sporting activities by the local community.

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For the first time, all sports complexes and stadia have been opened to the public at nominal rates. Under this "Pay and Play" scheme, any person can can enroll in the morning session of the designated stadia and sports complexes at very affordable rates. Further, the facilities will be free of cost for school students and persons with disabilities, while women, the elderly and people from the BPL category have the benefit of discounted rates.

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Several new Stadium/Sports complexes to be opened to promote sports among all ages. Grounds of Delhi Government Schools to be opened for academies/clubs/individuals to impart sports training to students. Dated 19/05/2015 The Delhi Government has taken major decisions towards broad basing of sports from grass root level. To make playing easier for all, the state government has ordered opening up of several stadiums/sports complexes; apart from this it has also been decided that academies/clubs/individuals will have access to government schools for sports promotion. The Directorate of Education, Government of Delhi has decided to start the “Pay & Play Scheme” to promote sports among all ages. Under the scheme anyone can go the designated stadium/sports complexes to play the sports available in the said stadium/sports complex. Membership for sports facilities is already available in Thyagraj Stadium, Ludlow Castle Sports Complex and Chhatrasal Stadium. However, Ludlow Castle Sports Complex has been excluded as it is already full with members. The places of operations and sports disciplines covered are as follows: Name of Stadium/Sports Complex Sports Discipline Thyagraj Stadium Athletics, Football, Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis, Yoga. Chhatrasal Stadium Athletics, Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, Kabbadi, Yoga. East Vinod Nagar Sports Complex Athletics, Football, Table Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball. Najafgarh Stadium Weightlifting, Wrestling, Badminton, Basketball. Pehladpur Sports Complex Weightlifting, Athletics. Pooth Kalan Sports Complex Athletics. Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex, Singhu Athletics, Wrestling, Table Tennis, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho. Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Bawana Athletics, Wrestling, Skating, Badminton, Table Tennis, Boxing, Football, Basketball, Volleyball. The facilities will start from July 1, 2015 in the morning session from 6 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. The facilities would be free of cost for school students and disabled persons, while person’s upto 45-years of age would have to pay Rs 100/- per month per discipline. Persons above 45-years of age would be paying Rs 75/- per month per discipline and persons from the BPL category and Women would have to pay Rs 45/- per month per discipline. The department will target to register maximum number of interested persons under the scheme. In another decision to encourage and promote sports, the Delhi Government has decided to open Delhi Government Schools for academies/clubs/individuals to impart training/coaching to student players of the particular school for free of cost. Simultaneously, they would also be allowed to train and coach a maximum number of 50-student players of nearby schools. This decision of the government of Delhi was taken looking at the limited number of coaches available and the Physical Education teachers in the schools finding it tough to do justice with the school students looking their large numbers. The games to be provided under this decision are Taekwondo, Karate, Judo, Table Tennis, Football, Basketball, Volleyball and Chess. The Delhi Government will provide the academies/clubs/individuals access to the schools and requisite space in the school to impart coaching and training. The academies/clubs/individuals will have to enroll constituency wise with the Directorate of Education after fulfilling the eligibility criterion set by the government. The academy/club/individuals would be responsible for the security and safety of the players.

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To promote sports in schools, the government of Delhi has asked eligible clubs, academies and individual trainers to provide sports training to government school students. The coaching will be free for all government school students and a reasonable fee is expected to be charged from private schools. Several sports including taekwondo, karate, judo, table tennis, football, basketball, volleyball, kabaddi, athletics and chess will be covered under the scheme. The academies will not be charged for the use of school premises under this scheme, though they will have to provide their own equipment.

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