Guwahati, Jan 14 : Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju and Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty today called for a clean and drug-free sports culture, urging Khelo India athletes to refrain from any banned substances.
During a workshop to educate youngsters about the dangers of dope, Shetty, who is a brand ambassador of the National Anti-Doping Agency, shared his own success story to underline the importance of sports in a kid’s life. "You may make many mistakes in your life but make sure that you don't eat anything which is wrong. Whatever I have achieved in my life, it is purely because of sport. I used to practice martial arts and I used to train really, really hard. I became an actor in my life only because I was an athlete. I still believe that I am a part of sports," said the actor.
The minister and the actor took part in a shootout after a football match to entertain the spectators and to share their message. Rijiju promised all athletes that they would be given full support as long as they stay away from banned substances. "Everyone in the country can see that the Khelo India Youth Games are being conducted well in Guwahati. I would like to tell all coaches and parents that they should ensure that all athletes should refrain from banned drugs. All athletes should stay clean and become champions. We are here to support all the athletes," said the minister.
When asked about the Khelo India Youth Games, Shetty expressed his happiness that so many youngsters are getting a chance to feel that they are the stars of tomorrow. "It's unbelievable that young kids can feel that they are the stars of tomorrow. They need to be encouraged and be aware of what it is to represent the country. It was a packed house today and it's such a good feeling when anything is packed and so much happening," said Shetty. The third edition of Khelo India Youth Games is being conducted at Guwahati from January 10 to 22. (UNI)