Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meets Asian Games Silver Medalist Tejaswin Shankar, honors him with medal -

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meets Asian Games Silver Medalist Tejaswin Shankar, honors him with medal

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Tejaswin Shankar, who won a silver medal for India in Asian Games, is beneficiary of Delhi government’s Mission Excellence scheme. Our youth have immense talent; we just need to support them and help them progress. We aim to ensure that country receives more medals at the international level, and for that, will provide athletes with all required facilities.With goal of nurturing talented athletes, we have established Delhi Sports University :  Arvind Kejriwal

Tejaswin Shankar expressed his gratitude towards CM Arvind Kejriwal for encouraging Delhi’s athletes “I was very excited about Asian Games, worked hard for it, and succeeded in winning silver medal. “

Khel Today Bureau 
NEW DELHI: In the Decathlon competition of the Asian Games, Tejaswin Shankar hailing from Delhi, who won a silver medal for India, met with Delhi CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal at his official residence on Monday.
The Chief Minister congratulated Tejaswin Shankar, a resident of Malviya Nagar, Delhi, for his achievement and honored him by presenting the medal. The Chief Minister said that Tejaswin Shankar, a resident of Delhi, brought the silver medal for India in the Asian Games decathlon competition and set a new national record during this event. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal mentioned that Tejaswin Shankar is also a beneficiary of the Delhi government’s Mission Excellence scheme and emphasized that there is immense talent in our youth; we just need to support them and help them progress.
Local MLA Somanath Bharti and Tejaswin’s family members were also present during this occasion.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal inspired him to continue shining India’s name in the future through his outstanding performances. He congratulated Tejaswin Shankar, saying that Delhi and the entire country are proud of his achievement.
 Tejaswin Shankar mentioned that apart from the Asian Games, he had won a bronze medal in an international competition last year. Mr. Shankar expressed his enthusiasm for the Asian Games and credited his hard work for winning the silver medal. During this interaction, he thanked the Chief Minister and mentioned that the Delhi government provides great support to athletes from Delhi.
The Chief Minister mentioned that 10 out of 11 players in the Indian hockey team hail from Punjab, highlighting the potential in various states. He suggested that if governments support athletes, India has the capability to win medals at a global level. He also proposed that the central government should allocate two different sports to each state, and state governments should provide infrastructure and support at all levels, allowing athletes from across the country to practice and excel, ultimately increasing India’s medal count.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal further stated that the Delhi government is making various efforts to encourage athletes. Cash awards are given to athletes so that they can hone their talent. During this, he inquired from Sports Minister Atishi about the plans implemented by the Delhi government to incentivize athletes and mentioned that Delhi athletes who have won medals in various international games will soon be honored by the Delhi government.
During this interaction, CM Arvind Kejriwal mentioned Delhi Sports University and said that their goal is to ensure that the country receives more and more medals at the international level. For this purpose, they will provide whatever facilities are necessary for athletes. He emphasized that the Sports University is not just for the Delhiites but for the entire country. They aim to search for talent across the country, bring them here, nurture their skills, and provide them with an opportunity to play at the international level. Athletes will be provided with degrees in sports to facilitate their employment opportunities.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal shared a few snippets from this meeting on ‘X’ (formerly Twitter) quoting, “Delhi-based athlete @TejaswinShankar won a silver medal for India in the decathlon event at the Asian Games, setting a new national record in the process. Today, Tejaswin and his family were invited over to our house for tea. Congratulated him on his achievement and wished him well for the future.
Tejaswin is also a beneficiary of the Delhi government’s Mission Excellence Scheme. I always say that our youth have immense talent; we just need to support them and help them progress further.
Meanwhile, athlete Tejaswin Shankar tweeted, saying, “Thank you for taking out your valuable time to meet with me and my family. I hope to continue delivering good performances and shining the name of our country in the future.”
*Kejriwal Government Provides Financial Assistance to Athletes*
The Kejriwal government initiated the ‘Mission Excellence’ plan in 2018 to provide financial support to talented athletes in Delhi. Through this plan, promising athletes receive financial assistance for training, coaching, and other necessities to prepare for international tournaments and competitions. Under the plan, athletes receive financial support of up to Rs.16 lakh to achieve the international level of talent and standard. Additionally, the ‘Play and Progress’ scheme offers financial assistance of Rs. 2-3 lakh to athletes under 17 years of age.

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