India and Australia Launch Sports Partnership in Mumbai

Vijay Goel addressing at the launch of the India-Australia Sports Partnership, in Mumbai on April 12, 2017
Vijay Goel addressing at the launch of the India-Australia Sports Partnership, in Mumbai on April 12, 2017

India and Australia launched Wednesday sports partnership in Mumbai aimed at increasing cooperation in sports.

The partnership, which was launched by the Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Vijay Goel and the visiting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in the presence of old cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, will advance India–Australia cooperation in four areas.

These are athlete and coach training and development, sport science, sport governance and integrity, and grassroots participation.

Speaking on the occasion, Vijay Goel said “We have a lot to learn and share with Australia in the field of sports. The India-Australia Sports Partnership will facilitate exchange of athletes, coaches, technical officials, sports scientists between two countries.”

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said under the new partnership Victoria University and the University of Canberra would work with India to assist in the establishment of a National Sports University similar to the Australian Institute of Sport.

Mr. Turnbull and Mr. Goel also met with some young girls from Mumbai’s slums who are being taught to play sports byApnalaya, an organization with which Sachin Tendulkar’s mother-in-law Ms. Annabel Mehta is associated with. The Australian PM praised the work saying that sport builds up social capital.

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