Sukhbir said the time had come for Asian countries to chalk out a collective strategy to hone the talent of its budding players, so that they could be prepared for cut-throat international competition.
Listing the steps taken by the Punjab government to boost sports culture in the state, he stated that during the past five years, 14 stadiums had been built at a cost of Rs. 214 crore and most modern sports infrastructure provided to players.
He said the focus was on traditional sports of kabaddi, hockey and football as these were least expensive games and quite popular among the village youth. The deputy CM stated that "by channelling the energy of the youth in the games, we can distract them from drug addiction."
Sukhbir said both Punjabs should collectively work out a mutual exchange programme of expert coaches.
Congratulating the Pakistan team on winning the kabaddi cup, Sukhbir said, "Whosoever wins in India-Pakistan games, it is Punjab that wins." He gave away a prize of Rs. 15 lakh to the winning team and Rs. 10 lakh to the runners-up Indian kabaddi team.