Vice President Venkaiah Naidu delivers his congratulatory address at a virtual event. He felicitated the Punjab University for winning the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy for the year 2020, in New Delhi. (Credit: PIB Delhi)

VP Naidu calls for the revival of a sporting culture in the country

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu called for an urgent revival of sporting culture in India. He said that sports, yoga, or any physical activity must become integral to people’s daily routine for good health and stress-free life.

Naidu addressed Punjab University and congratulated it for winning the coveted Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy 2020 for being the top-performing University in sports for the second time in a row. He emphasized the need for schools and other educational institutions to promote sports and games actively. Students should spend half their time in classrooms and the remaining half in the field viz. sports ground, agriculture field, and a social area, he added.

Naidu expressed concern over the rising cases of lifestyle diseases in our country, especially among the youth. He said that it is essential to make our youngsters aware of the dangers of an unhealthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle.

He lauded the Fit India campaign started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said it would motivate people to stay fit and healthy.

Naidu highlighted the need to upgrade sporting infrastructure in the country, especially in rural areas. He also called for creating a large pool of homegrown, highly-skilled Indian coaches. Coaches play an important role, he added.

As our national pride, terming sports persons expressed confidence that India will win many more accolades in international sporting events with diligent hard work. “We have no scarcity of talent in this country. What we need is stronger support systems,” he observed.

Punjab University’s Vice chancellor Raj Kumar, Director of Sports, Coaches, and Awardees, were present