Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said that sports cannot be treated as an optional subject and it has to be accepted as a part of education.
“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 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. “Sports is also an education, so sports cannot be extra-curricular activities. “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.