Source: News Bharati English12 Apr 2017 13:45:55

New Delhi, April 12: In order to provide the complete infrastructure for training and to conduct National and International sports events, the centre maintains five stadia in Delhi under Sports Authority of India (SAI). Notably, over 15000 athletes especially young children, have registered under “Come & Play Scheme” during the year 2016-17 in various SAI Stadia in Delhi.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday while answering in the debate said that five stadia in Delhi under Sports Authority of India (SAI) are maintained on behalf of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The five stadia are as follows:

1.    Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JNS)

2.    Indira Gandhi Sports Complex (IGSC)

3.    Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium (MDCNS)

4.    Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Swimming Pool Complex ( SPMSPC)

5.    Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Ranges (KSSR)

He further said that under SAI’s “Come & Play Scheme” more than 15000 athletes, especially young children, have registered during the year 2016-17 in various SAI Stadia in Delhi.  He further informed that house that The scheme of Come & Play was reviewed and in order to encourage mass participation in sports, the fee for admission for the public under Come & Play Scheme has been reduced to the bare minimum and free/ concession in some cases. Efforts are being made to increase the footfall by involving Kendriya Vidyalaya and Govt. schools.

“To encourage schools, colleges and Universities and also NGOs working for the promotion of sports, the tariff plan has been made reasonable for booking of venues including FOP. This would persuade schools to book the venues for the sports events, thereby giving an opportunity to students to visit various stadia and to pursue sports,” Minister Goel added.

In a written reply Minister Goel also informed that the portal for Online booking of SAI Stadia has been launched from 01.09.2016 onwards to make Stadia bookings more users friendly.

He further noted that these stadia are being utilized for the conduct of National and International sports events, National Coaching Camps, SAI National Sports Academies, Come and Play scheme for General Public etc. round the year.

“The Field of Play at the five stadia and hostel facilities at JNS and IGSC are being utilized for conducting national camps for a preparation of Indian players for the International competitions,” said Minister Goel. The Minister also noted that the facilities at various stadia have also been utilized for hosting several National & International events. Notably, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is one of the venues for FIFA U-17 Scheduled to be held in October 2017.

Interestingly, the playing and hostel facilities at various stadia are being utilized for National Sports Academies. These academies have been established in the discipline of Swimming at Dr. SPMSPC, Hockey at MDCNS, Cycling at Cycling Velodrome, IGSC. (It has also been declared as World training Centre –Satellite by UCI.), Athletic Academy at JNS, Regional Football Academy at JNS

Importantly, Sports Authority of India entered into MOU with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY)  on 31.05.2016 for a period of 5 years for conducting Yoga Training Programs for Athletes and Public at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Swimming Pool Complex and Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.