BANGALORE: Minister for Youth Services and Sports Gulihatti D. Shekar on Wednesday appealed to IT companies to adopt sportspersons and help them achieve excellence in their respective fields.
Distributing cash awards to 80 sportspersons who participated in the international-level contests and winners of medals in the national-level contests, Mr. Shekar said IT companies could spend a small portion of their profits to promote sports. Sports events could be organised in the name of companies that support the event, he said.
Lauding the efforts of the Karnataka Swimming Association, he said it had, without depending on the Government, produced international swimmers. He also asked sports associations to strive hard to produce better sportspersons. The State plans to build an international-standard swimming pool in the city and discussions in this regard were under way.
Mr. Shekar said that there had been talk of sportspersons migrating to other States owing to lack of support from their own State. “We do not want sportspersons to suffer due to lack of financial assistance and proper training. The Government is awarding cash prizes to achievers for the past two years and has taken up projects for providing better facilities,” he said.
Forty-seven persons were honoured for their participation in international events with a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each. Thirty-three medal winners in the national-level sports events were awarded cash prizes of Rs. 1 lakh (gold), Rs. 50,000 (silver) and Rs. 25,000 (bronze).
Rohit R. Havaldar, D'Souza Aaron Agnel, Arhatha Magavi, Ashwini Menon, Pooja R. Alva, Subha. C and Sneha T. were among those who received the Rs. 1-lakh prize.
The Minister released a souvenir “Sadhana Sanmana” on the occasion. I.M. Vittal Murthy, Secretary to Department of Youth Services and Sports, and Shivananjaiah, Director of the department were present.