New Delhi: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said on Monday that under the exercise of promotion of sports in the country, the sports period will be compulsory in schools by the reduction of 50 percent in the curriculum from next year. "We have come to a platform where sports is not a part of education, it is education," Rathore said during a program here. The Ministry of Education is making sure that the curriculum in schools will be reduced by 50 percent by 2019 and then the period of games will be on regular basis. "He said that the ministry is working on a number of things to make sports more relevant.
Rathore said, "We are also here to ensure that Sai (now Sports India) has cut its workforce by 50 percent by 2022 so that more money can be spent on sports." He said, This year we have 20 schools with specialization in sports and the government will spend seven to ten crore rupees on each of them. Our plan is to have two or three main games in each school. In such a situation, his full focus will be on those games. "
Rathod welcomed the Rugby World Cup 2019 trophy in India, unveiling the Web Alice Cup in presence of World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper, Asia Rugby President Agha Hussein, actor Rahul Bose and Rugby India President Numazar Mehta. Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, Director General of Sai Neelam Kapoor and IOA Secretary Rajiv Mehta were also present on the occasion.