Vijay Goel

New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) As part of the ongoing review of India’s performance at the Rio Olympics, Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Thursday held a meeting with the National Sports Federations (NSF) to prepare a roadmap for the future.

Addressing the meeting, the minister called for learning the right lessons from the Rio Games with a view to improving performance in future Olympics.

He said that all the stakeholders, including the government and NSFs, will have to work together to achieve the desired level of excellence in sports.

The minister said that norms of good governance and transparency will have to be followed by sports bodies to inspire confidence among the people.

“Sportspersons have to be given a key role in decision-making within the NSFs,” Goel said.

He also urged the NSFs to work for the twin objectives of ‘Sports for All’ and ‘Excellence in Sports’. He expressed the resolve of the government to work for the promotion and growth of sports in the country.

He said that the NSFs should use this opportunity, prepare an effective roadmap for the future and leave minor internal differences behind.

Goel said he favoured self-regulation by NSFs for betterment of sports.

Among those who attended the meeting were the President and Secretary General of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and senior officials of Department of Sports and Sports Authority of India (SAI).

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