Sports Minister of Maharashtra, Ashish Shelar said on Monday that the state government is seriously considering building sports infrastructure across the state and has already granted hefty sum for that purpose.
Ashish Shelar has taken charge of sports ministry last month. The BJP-led government declared in Maharashtra that they will promote all sports equally instead of focusing solely on one game.
Sports minister addressed the media saying, “When I become the sports minister– this is the first time in the state of Maharashtra- we have decided, allocated and approved in the coming years we want to spend none less then Rs. 3,000 crore in Maharashtra for creating infrastructure for sports.”
Asish Shelar was the former president of Mumbai Cricket Association, was addressing the students of the ‘International Institute of Sports Management’, founded by ex-India spinner Nilesh Kulkarni.
Later, he revealed more detail on how government is planning to build a state-of-the-art sports eco-system. He explained, “The state wants to prepare a kind of infrastructure throughout the state for all kinds of sports- not only one sport- and apart from that, a recreation facility for the respective tehsils, district and all that level.
“So, the state’s plan will go step-wise. We wanted that it should be created at the national and international level. The government is serious to see that it can be done very professionally.”
He said the government will design a program through which facilities like the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune can be put to more use.
He also assured ever possible aide to state shooter Rahi Sarnobat, who has secured a place in her game- women’s 25m pistol- for the country at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
He added more, “I think whatever the state government has committed for (as grant to Rahi), the state government will wholeheartedly fulfill that.”
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