Kerala Sports Minister M Vijayakumar today inaugurated a national awareness campaign on the 2010 Commonwealth Games and hoped that the country's athletes will come out with flying colours in the October 3-14 mega-event.
Vijayakumar said that the Delhi Games will leave behind world-class sporting infrastructure that will benefit the country's youth.
Kerala, which has been a model for the country in various aspects, is fast becoming a model in development of sports. The state has already introduced Kerala Sports Act, which has benefited the athletes in the panchayat level, he said.
Citing various developmental activities introduced in the state, he said "the total physical fitness" programme was introduced in schools in 2008 and sports has been included into the school curriculum.
Jiji Thomson, Special Director-General of CWG Organising Committee, hoped the campaign will galvanise the people across the country and encourage them to be a part of the mega-event.
The OC plans to organise road shows in different state capitals and key cities to increase awareness about the Games among the people and Kochi has been chosen as the venue for the first such campaign, Thomson said.
Shera, mascot of the Delhi Games, was introduced to the audience on the occasion.
The winners of a painting competition, held for children on April 3 in connection with the CWG, also received their certificates at the function.