08 March, 2021

Introducing Transparency In Sports Bodies Is A Continuous Affair: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Union sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore speaks to Outlook about Indian athletes’ preparations for the Asian Games, Indian coaches and their salaries and National Sports Code.

Photograph by Jitender Gupta
Introducing Transparency In Sports Bodies Is A Continuous Affair: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
outlookindia.com
2018-08-24T15:08:57+05:30

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore made history at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games by winning the rifle double trap silver—India’s first ever individual silver medal at the Olympics. After taking voluntary retirement from the army, the colonel won a Lok Sabha election and is now the Union sports minister. In an Exclusive interview with Qaiser Mohammad Ali, he spoke on a variety of issues. Excerpts:

Are you happy with the way Indian athletes’ preparations went about for the Asian Game?

Preparation is always an ongoing process. You can never say that I wish I a little bit more time. It’s for athletes as well as administrators. But, yes, the sort of preparations that used to happen earlier… we are in a far more advanced stage than that. Wherever they wanted and whatever exposure they wanted – or wanted to train under certain coaches – everything has been provided to them. We have created the right environment for athletes to be in the best form of mental and physical...

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