The Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday (June 7, 2020) while speaking on Instagram live with the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Table Tennis Gold medalist, Manika Batra said, “The lockdown has given us many new dimensions. In this lockdown, I have learned to work from home. I did not really allow this lockdown to create an obstacle in my functioning. Sports Ministry was absolutely functioning well and made sure that we reach out to the athletes.”
Talking about the future of sports, Rijiju told Manika “I want to take India’s sporting level to a new height. This pandemic has created a big obstacle for us. Sports is not just a game it is a huge employment generation industry,
“Commercially also sports is a big industry. When we talk about sports as a way of life as a culture, I want to create a situation where every Indian is involved in sports directly or indirectly. I want the sporting activists to begin as soon as possible but at this point in time, the priority is health and safety,
“Keeping that in mind I am very much in support of creating a better atmosphere to start the sporting events as soon as possible. I am hoping that in the next couple of month’s time, we should be ready with atleast some of the events,” Kiren Rijiju added.
Karen Rijiju also stated that he has his eyes on the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. The scouting of talents and providing the best training to them is his principal aim so that India can have more Olympic medal prospects.
He expects that in the 2024 Paris Games, there will be a potential team of athletes who will bring multiple medals for India. He claimed that in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics Games, he wants India to be among the top 10 countries in the medal tally and his entire team is working hard to create an infrastructure and training accordingly.
“I am not just claiming, we have already started working towards the aim,” Praising his team he said.
“I have got a very good team. Sports Ministry, Sports Authority of India, Sports federations, and the Indian Olympic Association. They are fully backing me and that’s why I am so confident.” Rijiju continued.
On being asked to advise young sportspersons who are eager to join politics, Rijiju remarked that one can change the society being in any profession. He also said in a lighter note that sportspersons wanting to join politics should be ready to face criticism because in politics one of the main things is to handle the criticism that comes from all corners.