The India Sports Awards -2020 were presented by the Federation of Indian Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to sports personalities who have made outstanding contributions in the field of sports.
Madhya Pradesh has been awarded the "Best State Promoting Sports Award" for the unprecedented development being made in the state in the field of sports and the international sports facilities being provided to the players. This award was given by the Minister of Sports and Youth Welfare Yashodhara Raje Scindia in the online Virtuval Award ceremony organized by FICCI.
Yashodhara Raje Scindia while expressing happiness over Madhya Pradesh being awarded "Best State Promoting Sports Award", the Sports Minister said that Chief Minister Man. Under the leadership of Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan, the Government of Madhya Pradesh is committed to promote the Games.
Minister of Sports Yashodhara Raje Scindia also informed that the State Sports Academies were established by the State Government in 2006-07. First of all, the Women's Hockey Academy was established in Gwalior, the players of the Women's Hockey Academy have given many national and international achievements to the state.
India qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after a long gap of 36 years. Half the players of the team that made India eligible to participate in the Olympics were players of Madhya Pradesh State Women's Hockey Academy. Six women players from Madhya Pradesh represented the country at the Rio Olympics.
Presently, four sportspersons of the state are practicing in the training camp of the Indian hockey team, which has a strong possibility to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. Encouraged by the achievements of the Women's Hockey Academy, the State Government had established the State Sports Academy in 19 sports, in which the state government made arrangements for high level infrastructure and training to the players of the state. Due to the encouragement of the state government, the players made the state proud at the national and international level.
Academy players have so far earned 3299 medals at the national level and 416 medals at the international level so far.
Madhya Pradesh's shooter Aishwarya Pratap Singh and Chinki Yadav gave India excellent performance to qualify for Tokyo Olympics. Currently four talented players of Madhya Pradesh State Shooting Academy Aishwarya Pratap Singh, Chinki Yadav, Rubina Francis and Sunidhi Chauhan are attending the Indian training camp to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics. Players from the water sports, and the Archery Academy are also preparing for the Tokyo Olympics after training in the Indian training camp.