Pramod Madhwaraj declares much awaiting a Sports Policy in Karnataka State 

Richard D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 11-03-2018 18:42:25

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Udupi : In the history of Karnataka, the government of Karnataka declare the Sports Policy here in Udupi on Sunday, 11th March, 2018.With the consultations and study in various departments, the ministry of Sports and Youth Empowerment passed the Sports Policy in state cabinet on 8th March, 2018, said Pramod Madhwaraj, Minister of Sports and Youth Empowerment.


He was addressing a press meet at Hotel Diana here, Pramod said that Sports with its economic, social, physical and personal bearings, aspects, plays a key role in keeping the citizens of state healthy and energetic. It helps build social ties in heterogeneous populations and social harmony of the state. Participation in sports also has a number of positive effects at individual and societal level. Excellence and achievement in sports brings a sense of pride and confidence. In the light of these benefits, the government of Karnataka is committed to developing a well-designed and implementable Sports Policy that can ensure high performance on various dimensions through effective sports governance and sustain a culture of sports and penetration, he said.


Given Karnataka’s rich sporting heritage, its Sports Policy seeks to actively leverage its existing strengths and competitive advantages. Karnataka is a state that boasts of a high level of literacy, educated population, and a well informed younger generation. It has a culture of innovation, evolved industrial and professional institutions and excellent centres of higher education. The Sports Policy for Karnataka will leverage these assets for inculcating sports culture, sports penetration and high performance.


Sports has been a subject matter of policies, plans and programmes of the state. While Sports policies have facilitated certain reforms, there is need for a comprehensive review and envisioning of policies and measurers that can create vibrant sports eco-systems. This is especially relevant in the context of the increasingly scientific, competitive and professional nature of sports internationally on the one hand and the increasing felt need among general public in India, he said.


The sports policy for Karnataka envisions creating a sports eco-system, through strategic interventions by the government of Karnataka, which has four main aspects aimed at broad base of Engage to the highest point of Legacy through Facilitate and reward stages.

The Sports Policy for Karnataka is built on four valaue dimension that Sports for Empowerment, Sports for Excellence, Empowerment and Excellence and Sports for Ecosystem.

Pramod said that the overall objective of the Sports Policy for Karnataka in line with the vision and core value is to create a vibrant, knowledge-enabled, technology driven, trans0arent eco-system for the development and promotion of sports participation and sports excellence in Karnataka.

The objective would be to achieve the goal of sportspersons ‘developed in Karnataka’ to win at least 4 gold medals at the Olympics/Paralympics; and the state team to be regularly placed within the top three in terms of medal tally at every edition of the National Games.

In achieving this the Sports Policy envisions that developing a healthy society through greater participation in sports by children, youth, economically weak, different abled, diverse genders, through improved access to facilities, equipment, infrastructure, venues and knowledge, establish framework for and practice of private public participation, he said.

He said that apart from the government, there is a lot of support from the passionate institutions for the development and promotion of sports in the state. A new Award ‘Karnataka Kreeda Poshaka Award’ to recognize and felicitate such sports organizations will be introduced. It will carry a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each with citation. Every year two organizations will be bestowed with this award.

An important aspect of Eco system is soft infrastructure which is important for the effectiveness of the hard infrastructure. The policy proposes developing the hierarchy of Sports Coaches, Counseling, physical education and establishing Centres of Excellence. A special cell shall be created for coaching and training purpose in the proposed sports university.

The strategic coach development programme will focus on identification of potential coaching talent, continuing education of coaches and coaching method, monitoring and quality improvement programmes, career progression, rewards and incentives.

Dr. Roshan Kumar Shetty, Deputy Director of Sports and Youth Empowerment, Udupi district was present during the press meet.

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