29th August is celebrated every year as the National Sports Day since 1905 to mark the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand. This year, the government has taken a lot of initiatives to make India fitter and faster. From the launch of the Fit India Movement to the National Sports Award, National Sports Day 2019 is a rather eventful day.
PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat announcement:
On 28th August, PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat was centered on fitness and sports. Modi Ji has been talking about contemporary issues, be it study pressure during CBSE Boards, or be it talking about wildlife on World Diversity Day. We all know that Modi Ji himself believes in leading by example when it comes to fitness. He is known to be very particular about his morning exercise routine which mostly includes yoga and walks amidst nature.
While talking about National Sports day in the latest episode of Mann Ki Baat, PM Modi said, “I want to see you fit and make you fitness conscious and we will together set the goals for Fit India and the country as a whole.” He announced that to commemorate this day, a ‘Fit India Movement’ is going to be launched today.
Fit India Movement
PM Modi flagged off the movement on 29th August 2019 from the Indra Gandhi National Stadium in New Delhi at 10:00 am . The entire event was live-streamed on Doordarshan and various news channels. He highlighted that the main focus of this movement is to practically put in efforts to make the country fitter. These efforts include:
- 10k Steps A Day: The University students and staff will be advised and encouraged to walk 10k steps a day and lead a healthy lifestyle. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has been asked to pay special attention to this and ensure daily follow-ups and investment to encourage people to walk more.
- Sports Plan: The UGC and CBSE have been asked to devise a special sports plan for every school and college. The plan must be flexible enough to not disturb the students from their daily schedule too much but at the same time, it has to be very exciting and different to attract children to follow them.
The government issued special instructions to the UGC and CBSE to ensure that the entire launch of the Fit India movement is live-streamed in every school and college across India. These institutions then need to upload pictures of the live stream on a portal where UGC and CBSE will be monitoring the entire event.
National Sports Awards
While PM Modi is focusing on launching the Fit India Movement, President Kovind is going to preside over National Sports Awards. These award ceremonies happen every year to celebrate the achievements of India’s top sportsmen and sportswomen.
Among the awardees this year, the following sportsmen and women have bagged the honor:
- Bharat Ratna: Deepa Malik and Bajrang Punia
- Arjuna Awards: Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Sonia Lather (boxing), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), S Bhaskaran (bodybuilding), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth (badminton), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics), Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Simran Singh Shergill (polo), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Swapna Burman (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics) and Gaurav Singh Gill (motorsports).
Apart from cleanliness, fitness has undoubtedly emerged as one of the main focus areas of the Indian Government in the past five years. It is good to see neglected topics being taken up and perused aggressively.
Happy National Sports Day, India! Get moving!