CHHATTISGARH: In 2019, the Chhattisgarh embarked on an action plan with a motto “ Khelbo-Jeetbo-Gadbo Nava Chhattisgarh ” (play-win-create a new Chhattisgarh). The state, seen as having the potential to become a sporting destination on the national map, has invested in “smart and sustainable” infrastructure to expand its capabilities over the past 20 months.
He simultaneously executed an action plan on professional coaching and training of various sports and physical education programs to infuse sports culture. “Sport plays an important role in nation building, shaping its personality and character. It elevates the qualities of discipline, determination, teamwork and passion for fitness. With such conviction in mind, we have launched sports and cultural clubs even at the gram panchayat level in addition to the annual youth festival to imbibe a healthy sportsmanship, ”Chief Minister Bhupesh said Baghel.
He established the Chhattisgarh Sports Development Authority to facilitate early decision-making on politics and major sporting events to promote modern and traditional forms of sports. The cutting-edge sports academies that have sprung up are regulated by the Authority. The state has won the appreciation of actors of national and international renown.
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium (Raipur International Cricket Stadium) has attracted the admiration of many, including Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble. “We never imagined that Chhattisgarh could have such an exceptional stadium. It is world class and competes with the best stadiums in the world, ”said former Caribbean skipper Vivian Richards. Former Indian captain Kapil Dev also shares his opinion.
Among the main achievements are Chhattisgarh Residential Hockey Academy in the capital city and Bilaspur State Sports Training Center, which has been recognized as the Center of Excellence of Khelo State India. The Bilaspur Swimming, Wrestling and Athletics “Center of Excellence” offers players the opportunity to benefit from the best professional training facilities. The constant efforts have paid off: the hockey academy and the center of excellence have been recognized by the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
Ambikapur’s multi-purpose indoor facilities and Mahasamund synthetic athletics track are also of international standards, and the astro field hockey stadiums of Raipur, Bilaspur, Rajnandgaon and Jashpur nurture budding talents. The Durg Judo Academy, in addition to the traditional Malkhambha sport, has drawn people into the tribal belts. The mega project on the first tennis academy in central India with a world-class tennis court is underway in Raipur.
“The governance of sport in Chhattisgarh is taking a boost. It achieves excellence in realizing its potential to train sports talent, ”said Saba Anjum, former captain of the Indian women’s hockey team.
Rajendra Prasad, a former Olympian boxer, said: “Such infrastructure is the backbone of the sports ecosystem.” “To promote sports and cultural activities at the local level, we have Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Mitan clubs in 11,664 grams of state panchayats. Each club receives “10,000 per month for the regulation of its activities,” said Sports Minister Umesh Patel.
“Raw talent is selected through rural, block and district competitions. Players from various sports academies benefit from facilities such as hostels, scholarships, education and training, ”says Shweta Sinha, Director (Sports and Youth Protection). Chhattisgarh was given the responsibility of training archers to represent India at the 2024 Olympics under the ‘One State-One Game’ policy.