Zee News, India
New Delhi, Feb 5: India and Cuba have signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation in the field of sports.
The Sports Cooperation Agreement was signed by Mani Shankar Aiyar, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports who visited Cuba from February 1-4, and Julio Cristian Jiminez, president of Cuban Sports Ministry, an official release said here today.
Jose Ramon Fernandes, Vice-President of Cuba and president of the Cuban Olympic Association were also present at the signing of the agreement.
Cuba has indicated formal approval of the umbrella proposal of the action plan formulated by the Indian minister which highlights the importance of the "sports for all", a point included in the revised Twenty Point Programme 2006 as also the proposed Panchayat Yuva Khel Abhiyan.
Cuba has agreed to send a top expert to visit India to study the Indian sports system and institutions over a period of 1-3 months and to submit a report to the two governments.
During his four-day visit, Aiyar also met official of local self government department and youth affairs and discussed the reason for Cuba's success in keeping with the youth of the scourge of drug and other addiction.
There were also exchange of views with the representatives of the Young Communist League about reinducting youngsters who were neither in the workforce nor in educational institutions into studies together with added incentives.