Sports Min Rijiju calls for rigorous campaign to make Indian players aware of perils of doping

New Delhi: Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Kiren Rijiju has called for a rigorous campaign to bring awareness about Doping. He stated that a sense of clean sports must be inculcated in the players from the very beginning. Speaking at the Ceremony to appoint actor, Sunil Shetty as the Brand Ambassador of National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) today, Rijiju said that ‘clean sports’ is the agenda of the Government and players must adopt fair practises to achieve success and not resort to foul means like doping which makes the country look bad.

Referring to Fit India Movement launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August 2019, Rijiju said that Fit India Movement was launched to create awareness amongst all the citizens of India about fitness and its importance in daily life through sports, yoga and any other physical activity. He said, “It is imperative for sportspersons to stay fit in order to win and they should achieve fitness through regular exercises, yoga and by taking nutritious diet.”

Lauding the role of NADA in creating awareness about doping, Rijiju said that with limited resources NADA is doing commendable work in enlightening players about doping and its ill effects.

The Minister also complimented Sunil Shetty for being appointed as the brand ambassador of NADA. He said, “Shetty is a fitness icon and his services for this cause will inspire everybody to stay healthy, fit and adopt fair means in sports.”

Addressing the gathering, Shetty said that Ayurveda and yoga have immense power to make people fit and healthy. He said that our country is so rich that it has everything to give us a healthy life. He also mentioned that there is no short cut to success, and knowledge of right and wrong is essential for everybody.

Speaking on the occasion Director General, NADA, Naveen Aggarwal said that India is fast becoming a sporting nation and our Players must achieve success by hard work and not by resorting to doping. He informed that NADA is committed to creating awareness amongst players about how the menace of doping destroys promising careers in no time.

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