Madhya Pradesh will organise national games in future, said chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday. Addressing the Khel Alankaran Samaroh, Chouhan asked Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association and state sports department to prepare a plan for it.
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal was the special guest at the programme. In all, 13 junior players were awarded with Eklavya Award, nine senior players were awarded with Vikram Award and three coaches of the state received Vishvamitra Award.
Besides, Lifetime Achievement Award for remarkable contribution in development and promotion of sports and Prabhat Joshi Sports Award for promoting Mallakhamba were given to two sports personalities.
On the occasion, Chouhan said the state government will provide complete support to organise national games in the state. The CM said the government will back sports persons of the state to perform better.
"There are 17 well-equipped sports academies in the state. We will provide all essential facilities to our players in these academies. We expect that our players will win name and fame in the world," said Chouhan.
Speaking on this occasion, minister of sports and youth welfare Yashodhara Raje Scindia said some players, who will participate in Olympics 2020, are being trained in the state academies.
She said the state has achieved a lot in past few years in the field of sports and will try to maintain the image at national level too. She also appreciated the support extended by director in-charge of Sports Authority of India (SAI) Rajinder Singh.
On this occasion a sports calendar and book was also unveiled. A mini theater was also inaugurated at TT Nagar Stadium by Saina Nehwal. State's shooter Versha Verman was also awarded Rs 50 lakh for training. The award was given for winning bronze medal in double trap shooting event.