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Sports Bill will be a reality soon, says Kiren Rijiju to WION

FIle photo of Kiren Rijiju. Photograph:( PTI )

WION New Delhi Aug 11, 2019, 03.36 PM (IST) Written By: Kartikeya Sharma

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said that Sports Bill will be a reality soon and added that he will ensure that it covers all sports bodies. 

Speaking exclusively to WION, Rijiju also spoke at length about Davis Cup. 

He said that for any bilateral sporting event with Pakistan, permission is required from the government but for any multilateral international sports activity, the government does not have any leverage as India is a signatory to international sporting regulations like Olympic Charter. 

"Davis Cup is not a bilateral event, we must understand this," he added. 

Davis Cup is expected to take place in Pakistan and the situation has become more complicated after Pakistan immaturely reacted to India's move to do away with article 370.

The minister also said that Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry would organise special events for two newly created Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. 

"I would organise national integration camps in Jammu and Kashmir and better sports infrastructure would be provided in Ladakh. I have also decided to recognise ice hockey for Ladakh," said Rijiju.

Watch: Youth camps will be organised in Kashmir valley, says Kiren Rijiju to WION

He expressed his disappointment over the dropping of shooting from next Commonwealth Games and said his ministry will need to finalise its stand soon.

"We are disappointed by the decision but at the same time, we need to ensure that other sports do not suffer. I'm going to call a meeting on this issue very soon," he said. 

Rijiju also spoke on the fitness campaign, the government is going to launch by the end of this month. He said that sports and fitness go hand in hand and by this campaign, the government wants to ensure that people at large adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Cricket coming under NADA  is a 'welcome move', he added. 

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Davis Cup is expected to take place in Pakistan and the situation has become more complicated after Pakistan immaturely reacted to India's move to do away with article 370.