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India-Australia Sports Partnership launched

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 April 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Mumbai, April 12 : Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said that Victoria University and University of Canberra will assist India to establish a 'tiol Sports University' on the lines of the Australian Institute of Sport.
The assurance by Turnbull came at the launch of the India-Australia Sport Partnership (IASP) jointly with Indian Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Vijay Goel in the presence of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar.
Under the IASP, the two countries will cooperate in four key areas - athlete and coach training and development, sports science, sports governce and integrity and grassroots participation.
In this context, the visiting dignitary and Goel met some young girls from Mumbai slums who are being taught to play sports by Aplaya, an NGO with which Tendulkar's mother-in-law Anbel Mehta is associated.
Turnbull praised the initiative, saying that "sports builds up social capital".
Goel said that India has a lot to learn and share with Australia on the sports front. "The IASP would facilitate exchange of athletes, coaches, technical officials and sports scientists between the two countries," he added.
Goel said India has started treating sports as a very important component of public health magement as well as education.
"We have launched a major programme, 'Khelo India', for developing a sporting culture at grassroots level and we are planning to introduce sports as a compulsory subject in schools," he added.
He announced that the tiol Sports Talent Identification & Development Portal would be launched in India shortly.
Winding up his trip to India on Wednesday, Turnbull said: "My trip has been all about deepening more engaged collaboration between Australia and India in the fields of economics, sports, health, science and education."
Earlier, Turnbull met Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadvis at Raj Bhavan.
"We discussed and decided on ways to move ahead in collaboration with Australia in transport, communication and infrastructure sectors in Maharashtra," Fadvis said.
In this context, he apprised Turnbull of the investment opportunities like the 200 km Mumbai Metro, Coastal Road Projects and gpur-Mumbai Expressway. IANS

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