In a bid to promote sports in his home state, MP Anurag Thakur, President of Himachal Pradesh Olympic Association (HPOA), organised the HP State Olympic Games. Eminent personalities like the Sh. Prem Kuma Dhumal, The Great Khali, Sh. Sunil Shetty, Sh. Vijay Kumar, Sh. Samresh Jung marked their presence at the 4-day event.
Speaking about the aim of the Olympics, Anurag Thakur in an interview by Firstpost, stated, “As (Narendra) Modiji says, to win Olympic medals, we need to start from the grassroots levels. But nobody is doing this. So as an MP and HPOA president, I have taken this initiative to create more awareness about sports, and to understand what the shortcomings related to infrastructure and coaches are at the grassroots level. So after these Olympics, we will prepare a plan for how to train our athletes so they can win medals. You can’t achieve this overnight; you have to spend 10-12 years in training them. You have to catch them young, and train them well, and then only you can achieve this.
This event is a big thing for a small state and a small association. We have pulled off a massive four-day event with 1,100 participants, and so many volunteers, organisers in the first year. More than prize money, it is the recognition and a platform that we are providing. In the future, we look forward to having prize money too.”