Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Tuesday that more than 500 sportspersons from Uttar Pradesh, who have participated in world and national championships, would be absorbed in the state police force and other administrative departments soon.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 5-day ‘71st All-India Police Athletics Cluster Championship’ which will conclude at PAC Ground on March 25, Yogi said the government was taking the programme forward so that sportspersons could inspire the youth to engage in positive and constructive activities while maintaining a sound physical and mental health.
“I express my gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for giving Uttar Pradesh an opportunity to hold this championship. The event is taking place in the state after a gap of 10 years. I am also glad that the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which is performing its duty on India’s borders with Nepal and Bhutan efficiently and with sensitivity, is one of the organisers of the event,” he said.
UP shares 560 kilometres of borders with Nepal. Yogi said that the participation of 1,300 sportspersons from 32 districts had taken the championship to a new level this year.
“Sports play a vital role in the all-round development of a person. Under the leadership of PM Modi, we have seen sports culture develop in the country in the last nine years. Not only has the participation of sportspersons increased in the Olympics, Asian & Commonwealth Games but also the number of medals won by them has gone up,” he added.
“Sports not only help us stay healthy physically and mentally but also inspire us to deal with difficult situations more effectively. This culture gives birth to a healthy competition and healthy tradition,” he pointed out.
Yogi said that around 2,000-2,500 sportspersons were getting associated with various events in every parliamentary constituency of UP with Sansad Khel Mahotsava. “The government is also building sports grounds in villages, mini-stadiums in blocks and stadiums in districts along with sports colleges. A programme to give sports kits to Yuva Mangal Dal and Mahila Mangal Dal is going on a war footing as well,” he added.