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India-Australia starts partnership to increase cooperation in sports


India and Australia have started a partnership aimed at increasing cooperation in sports, in the presence of visiting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and batting great Sachin Tendulkar.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel was also present at the launching ceremony in Mumbai today. It will advance India-Australia cooperation in four areas, athlete and coach training and development, sport science, sport governance and integrity, and grassroots participation.

Goel said that the India-Australia Sports Partnership would facilitate exchange of athletes, coaches, technical officials, sports scientists between the two countries. Turnbull said that under the new partnership, Victoria University and the University of Canberra would work with India to assist in the establishment of a National Sports University similar to the Australian Institute of Sport.

Wrapping up his four-day visit, Turnbull said India is now enormously important in the region. Turnbull later met Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and left for Australia.

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