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Leave administrator mentality: Sports minister Rathore tells SAI officials

Rathore reached JLN stadium at around 9:15 am when a lot of officials had not even reached office

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rajyavardhan Rathore, surprise inspection, JLN Stadium, SAI
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Administrators will have to become more receptive to the athletes' needs — this was Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's message to officials during a surprise visit to check Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium's preparations for the upcoming Under-17 FIFA World Cup, today.

Rathore, who took charge from after a cabinet reshuffle a couple of days ago, reached the stadium around 9:15 am when a lot of officials had not even reached office.


The 47-year-old, the country's first Olympian to become the minister, told the officials that work has to be done keeping in mind "service".

"He told them that and all other stadiums should work with only one mentality and that is service. The administrator mentality has to go. The athletes should feel looked after since their needs are supreme," a ministry official told PTI.

The minister checked each and every room at the which also houses Authority of India (SAI) headquarters. He even inspected the canteen to check cleanliness.

"The minister also checked how the data on athletes is maintained and suggested complete of the athletes' record and demanded a status report," the official added.

Another official said that he directed administrators to adopt a model based on for involvement and participation of youth in activities.

"He was largely satisfied but the major thrust was that mentality has to change towards the treatment of our athletes," said the official.

On his first day in office, Rathore had made it clear that the philosophy of his ministry would be respect and facilities for athletes.

Going down the memory lane, he recalled the days when as an athlete, he had to take permission at the reception to enter the ministry premises.

"I know what hardships the athletes face," Rathore, the 2004 silver medallist in double trap, had said.

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First Published: Wed, September 06 2017. 17:30 IST
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