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Our ultimate goal is to have kabaddi included in Olympics: Kiren Rijiju

NEW DELHI: Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said that kabaddi has huge possible now not just in India and Asia, however globally and the ultimate goal of the country is to have the sport included in the Olympics.

"Kabaddi has already been included in the Asian Games and now, not just India, but all Asian countries must come together to ensure that the sport in included in the Olympics as well. That is our ultimate goal," Rijiju said.

He added, "And to achieve that goal we must improve the standard of the game in India and also ensure that we propagate it across geographical locations in India and the rest of the world."

He used to be addressing over 700 kabaddi coaches from in all places India and from other nations, including Korea and Malaysia at the Online Coaches Knowledge Enhancement consultation organised via the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in 20 wearing disciplines.

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Speaking in regards to the significance of the net workshops, Rijiju said, "I am sure we will win this battle against COVID-19. We would soon be able to go back to the ground to train and play, but till that happens, we will take advantage of the technology available to us. It is very important to keep ourselves updated about national and global practices and rules of a sport."

"Rules and regulations keep changing and those who do not update themselves will be left behind. We often lose out to teams from the western world because they far ahead in terms of their knowledge of rules. But with these sessions I am sure we will not be left behind," he added.

Applauding the success of the net workshops for coaches that SAI has been organising in association with National Sporting Federations, the Sports Minister said, "Everyday about 8000 coaches from 20 sporting disciplines are participating in these daily workshops and upgrading their knowledge about their sport."

"In the existing instances that is the most important exercise in the wearing international. I'm very happy and proud that this might be completed. This has been conceivable owing to the support from the federations because officials of SAI, Sports Ministry, NSFs and other stakeholders have a robust running relationship and the success of those workshops can be attributed to that co-operation.

"The co-operation between all stakeholders is the one strategy to actually make stronger the sports ecosystem in the country and to take Indian recreation forward," he added.

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