An ode to sports Shri AnanthKumar has always been a big fan of cricket, in fact he himself is a sports enthusiast. He has played cricket, badminton, table tennis and chess at different times in his life. After 1999 elections, he was made the Minister in charge of Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports. During 1999-2000 during Shri. AnanthKumar’s tenure, a review of the training schemes for sportsmen was carried out. Here, it was decided that training should be centralized by reducing number of training centres from 16 to 8. New disciplines were included under the revised scheme. These were athletics, archery, boxing, canoeing and kayaking, hockey, judo, rowing, karate, cycling, fencing, football, gymnastics rowing, shooting, swimming, taekwondo, volleyball, wrestling, wushu, and weight lifting. This helped the country to win many medals. In 1999-2000, only one international medal was won. In 2000-2001, it increased to 6 and 5 in 2001-2002. As Sports Minister, Shri AnanthKumar also announced a national census of sportspeople. “We have about one lakh sportspeople for whom we have to provide job opportunities,” he said. He gave a 100-day deadline to himself for this. He also announced a Bill in the winter session of Parliament which would make physical education compulsory in school. He talked of broad basing the sports policy in the country and getting at least “two golds and a lot of other medals” at the Sydney Olympics. Read more at: http://expressindia.indianexpress.com/ie/daily/19991113/ipo13080.html Not just that, Shri AnanthKumar ensures that his love for sports has been translated in to a project that focuses on sports along with learning at his NGO ‘Adamya Chetana’. Under the Aata-paata scheme, children get to use sports equipment that their school cannot provide. Traditional games like kabbadi, gilli-dandi, kho-kho, and many other games that help in mind and body co-ordination are prioritized under this scheme. The scheme has already reached thousands of children over the years. Vivekananda Cup:The Vivekananda Cup cricket tournament is another product of Shri AnanthKumar’s love for sports. The annual tournament’s 2014 version began on the 7th of January and will continue till the 12th of January. The tournament is jointly organized by Adamya Chetana Foundation and Adarsha Group of Institutions.The inauguration of the tournament saw Smt. Tejaswini AnanthKumar of Adamya Chetana Foundation and Shri. Katte Satya, the Worshipful Mayor of Bangalore as chief guests. Shri Premraj Jain, Shri Jitendra Maradia and Shri Bhartish Rao represented Adarsha Group of Institutions. The tournament that will go on till 12th of January will see 27 teams competing for the grand prize of Rs. 1 lakh. Second and third prize winners will be given a prize money of Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 25,000 respectively. The winners will also take away a bronze Vivekananda statue. The tournament is being held at the Kitur Rani Chenamma Grounds/ Madhavan Park in Jayanagar.