Lucknow: Reiterating his government’s commitment to promote sports culture in the state and promoting athletes, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said that the government has reserved 2 percent seats for talented sportsperson in government services and also announced AC 3-tier free train travel for the first time for the athletes in the state.
“The contingent of athletes from UP this time is the largest. Previously, the state had won 68 medals by participating in 20 events, however, this time UP is participating in 28 events. This is the result of the efforts made by the government towards promoting sports under the guidance of PM Modi,” he said.
He said that the government also honoured the medal winners and participants of Olympics and Paralympics and the practice will continue in future.
Talking about MLA sports competitions, the CM said, “Soon the state government will organise sports competitions at village, development block, assembly, district and at the commissionerate levels. There will also be a state-level competition between the players of all 18 Commissionerates, after which players will be awarded.’
Praising the sports department, coaches and managers for transforming the sports sector in UP, Yogi also appreciated the role of private sports academies in the development of sports culture in the state.
Earlier, during the beginning of the event, all the players, their coaches and team managers introduced themselves and informed the CM about their form of sports. He also encouraged Olympic medalist Lalit Kumar Upadhyay as well as sportsperson Rohan Vishnoi, Preeti Dubey, Rajkumar Pal and Suraj Kumar by presenting them ‘sports kits’.