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Union minister of state (independent charge) of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju on Sunday was asked whether India should be spending more money for development of women’s soccer.

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The query came from corporate giant Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra after the United States women’s soccer team won the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the fourth time on Sunday.

Anand Mahindra stated on his Twitter handle that women have excelled men in many forms of sports in international competitions and it also might be possible that they can be world beaters in soccer too.

He tweeted, “Perhaps we should be investing far more in our women’s soccer. Our women are globally competitive sprinters, distance runners, gymnasts & wrestlers. On the world stage, their physical prowess has exceeded that of our men. Could they be world-beaters in soccer. @KirenRijiju?”

Rijiju also replied to Mahindra’s tweet by stating that he thoroughly agreed with his opinions.

He also stated that Indian sports women have proved their strength by excelling in all kinds of sports.

Rijiju also claimed on Twitter that during his visit to the Army Sports Institute in Pune, he had asked the authorities of the institute to induct women into the institute for training.

He also assured Mahindra that the government will provide proper facilities to all kinds of sportstars irrespective of gender.

Rijiju visited the sports academy on Sunday. He interacted with the athletes and technical staffs of the institute and assured them with providing all necessary facilities.


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