Sports Ministry signed MoU with Department of AIDS Control

Nov 30, 2013 12:45 IST

The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on 29 November 2013 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Department of AIDS Control.

The MoU was signed between Secretary, Department of Sports Ajit M Saran, and Secretary, Department of AIDS Control, Lov Verma, in New Delhi.

The MoU’s objective is to "reach a large number of youth engaged in sports activities" at village, district and state level with information on STI/HIV/AIDS prevention and related services.

Other objectives included building the capacity of sports educators, administrators and coaches on "Minimizing the risk of HIV transmission on and outside the sports field, involve youth organisation, sports federations in HIV/AIDS prevention activities, promote awareness generation through hoarding and banners at eminent places and sports infrastructure during state/national events and tournaments, and involve eminent sports personalities for addressing social stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.

For fulfillment of objectives of MOU, the Department of Sports would issue directives to Sports Authority of India (SAI), National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education (LNUPE), National Sports Federations (NSFs) and other sports bodies for creating awareness.

The Department of AIDS Control provide technical support in capacity building on HIV/AIDS for sportspersons, trainees and staff of sports organisations and federations, by sharing of Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials for awareness generation activities.

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