Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur inaugurated many infrastructure projects worth Rs. 13 Crores, which included state-of-the-art Weightlifting Hall, Fitness centre, modern hostels and Guest House at Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala on August 29.
Sports Minister was welcomed by Senior Executive Director, Col Raj Singh Bishnoi and other dignitaries from NIS. He interacted with the Asian Games-bound athletes of Boxing, Athletics and Kabbadi, besides inaugurating several renovation projects aimed at strengthening sports infrastructure.
The hostel will provide residential facilities to athletes and participants of multinational camps. Flats have also renovated and furnished for foreign coaches and the guest house has also seen an upgrade.
“During the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, NSNIS Patiala has received crores of rupees for sports development in the last 1 year. Development projects worth 13 crores have been inaugurated today.” he said.
Minister discussed with athletes about their Asian games preparations and imparted motivation to refine their skills and mental resilience for the upcoming Asian Games. He discussed about any logistic issues faced by athletes during preparations.
The athletes showed immense satisfaction towards the upgraded facilities and infrastructure. Minister expressed great faith in India’s capability of achieving new heights in Asian games medal tally this year.
Thakur said, “For the past few years, India has done exceptionally well in all sports. Today our sportspersons are bringing laurels to India on the world stage. I have full faith that India will do exceptionally well in the medal tally in the upcoming Asian Games also.”