Say what you want about the situation of athletics and the rest of the sports other than cricket under the leadership of the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, one thing is certain that he has made it a point to bring athletes and sportspersons from all corners of the country to the spotlight.
A couple of months ago, we heard about the barefoot runner, Rameshwar Gurjar, whose video of completing a 100m dash in just 11 seconds, and that too on the road, surfaced online.
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Rijiju not only gave Gurjar the opportunity to get a spot in the Madhya Pradesh State Sports Academy with a trial space, but also provided him support to get skilled and participate once again after he failed to qualify in his first trial run.
Then came the cartwheeling kids. These two school going Indian children who stunned the world with their raw yet impressive talent in gymnastics so much so that a five-time gold medallist Nadia Comaneci took notice of them and posted their video from her Twitter account.
I'm happy that @nadiacomaneci10 tweeted it! As first gymnast who scored perfect 10.0 at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and then, received six more perfect 10s to win three gold medals, it becomes very special. I've urged to introduce these kids to me. https://t.co/ahYVws8VCB— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 30, 2019
This time around again, Rijiju, while thanking the Romanian gymnast for sharing the video encouraged the world to introduce the kids to him so that he could arrange for some sort of scholarship for the two kids.
It was later announced by Manmeet Singh Goindi, the regional director of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), that the two young athletes were present in the SAI Eastern Region in Kolkata and that they will be offered the opportunity to become full-time trainees soon.
“SAI will take them in Hostel and train them in Kolkata," he said.
It just so happens that Rijiju has done it again. This time highlighting the achievements of the brilliant arm wrestling team of Arunachal Pradesh that dominated the International Combat Games this month.
The Arm wrestlers Team from Arunachal Pradesh did very well at the International Combat Games (ICG) here, winning 12 medals, out which 11 are gold!ðªðª pic.twitter.com/mltqN5dGP9— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) November 25, 2019
“The Arm wrestlers Team from Arunachal Pradesh did very well at the International Combat Games (ICG) here, winning 12 medals, out which 11 are gold,” he tweeted.