On the occasion of the
International Women Day, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports here
today organized a conference on 'Women and Sports in India to deliberate
upon various issues for encouraging more and more women to take up
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs
and Sports Shri Vijay Goel said his ministry provides equal assistance
and incentives to both male and female athletes and there is no gender
discrimination for training etc. He said Sports Authority of India in
its Special Area Game Scheme has provided training to 807 women sports
persons out of total 1862 sports persons.
Shri Goel announced that his ministry will constitute a high level
committee to resolve the grievances and complaints of women sports
persons under the chairmanship of Joint secretary Sports. The committee
will comprise athletes, advocate, and senior officer of MYAS and sports
journalist (all women).
He said women athletes, if they will have any complaint can approach the
committee for their grievance redressal. He said his ministry follows a
zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment.
The daylong discussion was focused on creation of safe spaces for girls
athletes and women coaches, zero tolerance towards sexual harassment in
sports complex, inclusion of gender sensitization modules in coach
training modules, women representation in sports institutions,
federations and other sports bodies and gender parity in terms of
support to women athletes.