Realising that infrastructure alone is not enough for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Delhi government has decided to train 68 players in the hope they will bring in an impressive haul of medals.
These players, from 17 disciplines, will begin intensive training soon and will also be sent abroad for specialised instructions.
"Talent scouting was organised in all parts of the city and we hope these players will bring laurels for the country," said an official. In another decision, the sports department has proposed the construction of 17 more Olympic size swimming pools in the city in addition to the 13 functioning at present.
With sports taking a backseat in Delhi government schools, there are plans to come out with a comprehensive sports policy next week. On Wednesday, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit chaired a meeting to fine-tune the policy.
Sports and Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely told
, "We want each student of Delhi to participate in sports. This will be the basic thrust of the sports policy."
Soon there will be a sports day every week in government schools. It would be made compulsory for students to participate in sporting activities unless they have medical problems. Separate funds will be allocated to create infrastructure for sports and to provide kits needed for outdoor games.
The draft policy says that Physical Education Teachers (PETs) would be recruited for various disciplines of sports and each school will have at least one such teacher. If the school has a bigger playground, there could be more than one PET.