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Indigenous sports like Kho Kho must developed in India, says sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

Ashish Mani Tiwari

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New Delhi: While the sporting world is still trying to find ways to make a comeback fully after the coronavirus outbreak, Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju reckoned on developing indigenous sports like Kho Kho and many more.

“I have always believed sports science is the future of sports. To make India a sporting powerhouse, each sport needs to be developed, especially indigenous sports like Kho Kho which is a speed-reliant sport. The federation and Ultimate Kho Kho have done a commendable job in putting together such an exhaustive plan in such a short time. Indian sports need the backing of corporates and the presence of Amit ji surely is a step in the right direction,” said the sports minister Rijiju.

Minsiter was speaking at the Manav Rachna University during the launch of programme “Rise in Sports Excellence”

Sports minister Rijiju along with IOA secretary Rajeev Mehta and popular sporting personalities Abhinav Bindra, Sushil Kumar, Suresh Raina and Mohammed Shami were present on Tuesday to inaugurate the coaching camp, where Kho Kho players have been selected from across the country for one of its kind scientific evaluation program.

A 30-day camp will see players being monitored and analysed. The findings and parameters ranging from sports physiotherapy, rehabilitation, injury management, biomechanics, biokinetics, sports performance analysis, nutritional guidance and posture corrections will be put into action.

“This camp will be a milestone for Sports Science and Technology in developing our players in many ways and am grateful for the support towards development by the Ministry, Sports Authority of India and Ultimate Kho Kho, our partners in this vision development. Our motive will be to create a large pool of players who can be developed into world-beaters and game ready for the upcoming challenges,” KKFI  president Sudhanshu Mittal said.

“I have always focused on thinking ahead of time and developing and promoting ideas into brands. Ultimate Kho Kho is no different as we envision excellence at the grassroots and take the game to the next level. For the game to develop it is key that we introduce technology and upgrade and tap the potentials of our players, make them champions and world beaters, backed with high performance training,” UKK Promoter Amit Burman said.

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