Sports

8 Khelo India State Centre of Excellence to get financial support of Rs 95.19 cr in 4 years

ANI | September 16, 2020 03:20 PM
Khelo India logo

New Delhi [India], September 16 (ANI): Sports Ministry has identified sports facilities in 8 states to be upgraded to Khelo India State Centre of Excellence. The identified facilities, to be upgraded with an effort to identify and groom Olympic level talent, will be upgraded at a cost of Rs 95.19 crores.

In the first leg, the 8 states that have been approved for setting up of KISCEs are Odisha, Mizoram, Telangana, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.

"The support will be in the form of infrastructure upgradation, setting up of sports science centre and also a soft component in the form of quality coaches and sports science human resources eg Physiotherapists, strength and conditioning expert. High quality equipment will also be provided to the players. The academy will also have a High performance Manager to ensure quality sports science input and performance management," read a release from Sports Ministry.

The Sports Ministry is upgrading existing sporting infrastructure in each state and UT, in partnership with the state and UT, and creating KISCEs with the aim to create a robust sporting ecosystem in the entire country. Each KISCE will be extended sports-specific support in 14 Olympic sport, of which one state or UT will be given support for a maximum of three sports.

Speaking about the decision to set up the KISCEs, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said, "These Khelo India State Center of Excellence is yet another step towards building a robust sports ecosystem one one hand and India's pursuit of excellence in Olympics, on the other."

"These state-of-the-art centers will ensure that athletes proficient in a certain sport can be given the highest level of training and these centers become the best facilities in the country to train athletes in the priority sport for which they have been earmarked. I am confident this step will help to further India's effort of becoming one of the top 10 countries in the Olympics in 2028," he added.

The setting up of the KISCE will also help to broad-base talent identification since the states and UTs will also identify and develop talent in each sport for which funding is received. As a joint partnership, the Sports Authority of India will provide financial support in various avenues like sports science back-up, engagement of coaches and support staff, procurement of sports equipment, among other things.

"The state will be responsible for lodging, boarding, regular maintenance, infrastructure upgradation and overall management of the center. Wherever required, SAI will provide technical expertise and assistance, while putting in place a regular monitoring mechanism, to ensure that athletes are trained at par with international standards," the release further added.

Meanwhile, top sporting facilities have been identified in 6 more states and union territories - Assam, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya and Sikkim - which will be upgraded to Khelo India State Centre of Excellence. Currently, SAI is undertaking the "Viability Gap Analysis" to identify areas where upgradation and support is needed in each centre. (ANI)

Have something to say? Post your comment
Must Read
Why would our MPs need direction from Capt Amarinder on farm bills, they knew their party stand, say Punjab Cong leaders & Ministers
Why would our MPs need direction from Capt Amarinder on farm bills, they knew their party stand, say Punjab Cong leaders & Ministers
NRI Woman, her father and relative booked on the complaint of husband
NRI Woman, her father and relative booked on the complaint of husband
Punjab Police busts another pro-Khalistan terror module with arrest of two
Punjab Police busts another pro-Khalistan terror module with arrest of two
Punjab CS assures private hospitals of full state govt support to address concerns in Covid fight
Punjab CS assures private hospitals of full state govt support to address concerns in Covid fight
Actress Mandy Takhar files complaint against fake video
Actress Mandy Takhar files complaint against fake video
Industry Dept extends timeline migration from FIIP to IBDP till Dec 31
Industry Dept extends timeline migration from FIIP to IBDP till Dec 31
Under Vijay Inder Singla's smart school policy about 6,000 schools have been converted into Smart Schools
Under Vijay Inder Singla's smart school policy about 6,000 schools have been converted into Smart Schools
Water cannon salute given to Rafale aircraft after air display at IAF airbase in Ambala
Water cannon salute given to Rafale aircraft after air display at IAF airbase in Ambala
Punjab CM announces relaxation in timings for non-essential shops, hotels & restaurants in urban areas till 9 pm
Punjab CM announces relaxation in timings for non-essential shops, hotels & restaurants in urban areas till 9 pm
Punjab gross GST collection stands at Rs.987.20 crore during August 2020
Punjab gross GST collection stands at Rs.987.20 crore during August 2020
India bans 118 more mobile apps including PUBG, WeChat
India bans 118 more mobile apps including PUBG, WeChat
Former President Pranab Mukherjee passes away
Former President Pranab Mukherjee passes away