Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju: Sports to be part of new education policy

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said sports will be a part of the curriculum in the country's new education policy and won't be considered an extra-curricular activity. Rijiju was speaking in the inaugural session of the 'International Webinar on Olympism and Olympic Education in the 21st century'. "The new education policy of India is also going to have sports as a part of education (and) sports not as extra-curricular activities," Rijiju said on Thursday during the inaugural session of the 'International Webinar on Olympism and Olympic Education in the 21st century'.

"I always believe in that, education is one, sports is one. It is the same," he added. Rijiju said sports cannot be treated as an optional subject and it has to be accepted as a part of education. "Sports is also an education, so sports cannot be extra-curricular activities. Thereby sports cannot be treated as an optional subject ... sports as part of education has to be accepted by all," he said.

"The new education policy of India is not officially declared yet, but it is almost in the final shape. My ministry has already pushed very strongly during our interaction and my participation in the national committee to make sports an integral part of the education system." Rijiju said he has formed a high-level committee for the formation of the National Sports Education Board.

"I am very happy to share that we have already announced our National Sports Education Board. Now it is in a formation stage and I have constituted a very-high level committee and this committee is under discussion on how to bring the national sports education board into shape," he said. Rijiju is also keen to have an "Olympic Museum" for the country and said discussions regarding it would take place once situation normalises post the COVID-19 pandemic.

"About the Olympic Museum, I personally feel that the Olympic Museum is a very important treasure. We need to have in every country and a country like India, we have a good legacy, we must have that," he said. "So may be after this COVID-19, when everything is over, we will discuss about having a beautiful (and) worthy of calling it (an) Olympic museum, may be in Delhi, may be in our National Stadium ... I am very keen to have an Olympic Museum in India."

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