Mr. B. V. P. Rao

As a senior officer of the United Nations Mission from 2000 to 2006, Mr. B.V.P Rao had an opportunity to set up the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports to develop Self- Governing institutions in Kosovo after the war. During this period he spearheaded a reform programme of Sports Federations of Kosovo, drafted sports legislation (along with others), democratized the sports associations and organized several capacity building initiatives to enhance the transparent and efficient management of sports in Kosovo.

From 1984 to 1989, Indian Sports saw his immense contributions through his works for Sports Authority of India. During this five year period, he conceived and implemented a major talent hunt programme called Special Area Games though which raw sports talent form remote and tribal areas of the country was identified and nurtured. The scheme became India’s one of the most successful talent identifications and nurturing programme. It is the same scheme which gave India several Olympians including ace archer Limba Ram.

Mr. Rao did his graduation in law and post-graduation in Strategic Studies. He was the member of IAS (Indian Administrative Service). During his stint as IAS officer, he served in several capacities including Home Secretary of Assam.

Mr.Rao has been a sports enthusiast since primary school days and had played many sports at his school and college level. His main sport has been Equestrian, which he played at national level. He founded Assam Equestrian Federation for which he served as the president for six years and successfully organized the sport in Assam. Unlike many sports federation presidents, he resigned from the post when he had to move out of Assam to take up his civil servant assignment in Delhi.

His quest for sports made him undertake several academic programmes in sports including earning a Post-Graduate Diploma in Olympic Studies from the International Olympic Academy, Olympia, Greece. He was also invited by the Academy to lecture for subsequent diploma course.B.V.P Rao (Equestrian)

Apart from sports Mr. Rao also has passion for film making.  He got his diploma in film making from New York Film Academy and made a documentary film “Willing to Sacrifice” on Bishnoi’s commitment for environment, which won a national award and two international awards. He has plans to make feature films in the coming years.

In 2006, Mr. Rao decided to leave IAS and United Nations to work in the domain of Indian Civil Society. Subsequently, he founded a public trust to preserve and promote Kakatiya Heritage. He also took major initiative to found the Clean Sports India Movement.