Universities must take responsibility in creating sports culture: Sodhi

SPORTS REPORTER
Wednesday, 20 September 2017

“The whole nation is talking about India’s potential in sports yet we manage to bring only two to three medals despite having a population of over 1.25 billion people. Why can’t we churn out Olympians from the universities of India. Universities like Stanley have given 37 medals in recent Olympics,” said Sodhi.

PUNE: Former world record holder and Asian Games gold medallist double trap shooter, Ronjan Sodhi, has exhorted universities around the country to shoulder responsibility in creating sports culture to help the country in achieving greater heights in international sports.

“The whole nation is talking about India’s potential in sports yet we manage to bring only two to three medals despite having a population of over 1.25 billion people. Why can’t we churn out Olympians from the universities of India. Universities like Stanley have given 37 medals in recent Olympics,” said Sodhi while addressing the closing ceremony of the MIT-WPU SUMMIT 2017 organised MIT World Peace University, Pune, on Monday evening.

MIT, Pune earned 68 points to win the overall championship, while Cummins Engineering College finished second with 50 points. The winning team was awarded with a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 51,000.

“Events like MIT WPU Summit 2017 should not be held only once in a year but needs to be organised many times throughout the year and at different places. We should identify few skill sports and work on them. I have no immediate plans to take up coaching, for now, but I am concentrating on the promotion of the sport,” said Sodhi.

“This mega event was started in 2005. The participation is increasing year after year and I am confident that this summit will reach the heights and set an example in Inter Collegiate games,” said Dr Mangesh Karad.

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