Minister for Stamps and Registrations Tota Narasimham on Saturday said that the government was taking various steps to encourage sports and called upon the youngsters to give equal importance to sports and games along with their academics.

He was the chief guest at the inaugural of the two-day inter-district senior and youth athletic championship organised by the Andhra Pradesh Athletics Association in memory of the late Bobbili Chella Rao at the District Sports Authority stadium here.