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We're planning to open sports schools, universities: Singh

November 16, 2012 13:17 IST

Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said the Ministry is planning to open sports schools, sports universities and 30 centres of excellence across the country to ensure better facilities for the sportspersons.

Stating that the Ministry in keen on identifying and nurturing the talent at grassroots level, Singh said, "Ministry is working on a plan to open sports schools, sports universities and centre of excellence. The ministry is planning 30 centres of excellence, which would be well equipped with all facilities and sports medicine."

Asked about the reintroduction of National Sports (Development) Bill 2011, drafted by his predecessor Ajay Maken, in the upcoming winter session of the Parliament, Singh said that the "consultations are on".

Singh, meanwhile, inaugurated the 61st All India Police Championship 2012 at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.

"Since I have worked with Police forces in Ministry of Home Affairs for 15 months it feels like home-coming," he said.

The All India Police wrestling, weightlifting, judo, gymnastic and boxing championship 2012 is being organised by the Central Reserve Police Force and co-ordinated by IB in which 31 teams are participating with over 1600 participants from various services, said DG, CRPF Pranay Sahay.

The four-day event will be held at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

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