Sports to be a part of new education policy: Rijiju

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The Centre is mulling to add sports as a part of curriculum in the new education policy. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju announced the development and said sports won’t be considered an extra-curricular activity in schools.

“The new education policy of India is also going to have sports as a part of education (and) sports not as extra-curricular activities,” Rijiju said during the inaugural session of the ‘International Webinar on Olympism and Olympic Education in the 21st century’.

“Sports is also an education, so sports cannot be extra-curricular activities. Thereby sports cannot be treated as an optional subject … sports as part of education has to be accepted by all,” he said.

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“The new education policy of India is not officially declared yet, but it is almost in the final shape. My ministry has already pushed very strongly during our interaction and my participation in the national committee to make sports an integral part of the education system, he added.

Rijiju is also keen to have an “Olympic Museum” for the country and said discussions regarding it would take place once situation normalises post the COVID-19 pandemic.

“About the Olympic Museum, I personally feel that the Olympic Museum is a very important treasure. We need to have in every country and a country like India, we have a good legacy, we must have that,” he said.

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