Vancouver: Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport) met representatives of Indian diaspora, at the residence of Aditiya Kumar Tawatia, President OFBJP. Mr. Gosal exchanged ideas to further Indo-Canadian relations, with exchange of sportsmen between the two nations. The Minster was very open in receiving varied ideas to accomplish this task.
During the interaction Minister Gosal was keen on using sports as a means of community building and supporting amateur sportspersons. Praveen, spokesperson for the minster spoke with Asian Journal after the event, he said, “The minister discussed broad range of subjects with the businessmen present at the event. The dialogue was about encouraging cultural and business exchange between the two countries.”
There has been lot of offers for commercial sports tournaments that can be organised by bringing in players from abroad, but Minister wants to see home grown sports persons to take the centre field and flourish. Everyone present also agreed on that more global sports need to come into the country’s sporting system; this will enrich the sports in Canada.
Apart from sports, the topic of women’s health, and diabetes in South Asian population were some of the many topics on which ideas and thoughts were shared. The attendees also discussed how B.C. can benefit by collaborating with Bollywood. If Bollywood production houses can get work permits as fast as Hollywood then B.C. can generate more tourism and revenue via Bollywood that will promote B.C. through their movies; this will also mean more work for local artist and aspiring talent.