Mumbai: Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has announced that a mini Olympics will be organized in order to promote and encourage Olympic sports among the youth.

Addressing a meeting of the Maharashtra Olympic Association yesterday, Mr. Pawar, who is also the Chairman of the Association, said that the competition will be arranged around 1st May, to mark Maharashtra Day. He added that the sporting event will be called ‘Maharashtra State Olympic Competition’.

Mr. Pawar directed officials to prepare an ‘Olympics Vision Document’, considering the requirements of 2024, 2028, and 2032 Olympics.

Ruing the lack of practice over the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Pawar said sports must no longer be ignored but pursued with adequate precautions and by following COVID Appropriate Behaviour.  

The minister also approved a proposal to celebrate the birth anniversary of Indian wrestler Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, who was the first athlete from independent India to win an individual medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, as Sports Day. However, considering the COVID situation, the celebration will be held in online mode on 15th January this year. 

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