New Delhi, August 11: While giving a reply to Lok Sabha on Thursday Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that to scout and nurture both talented girls and boys the government is implementing many Sports Promotional Schemes under the observation of Sports Authority of India (SAI). “Presently, 13684 talented sports persons (9653 boys and 4031 girls) identified under SAI Schemes are being trained in 27 sports disciplines throughout the country,” he added.
To make boys and girls eligible to compete at National and International level competitions, Sports Authority of India has taken several initiatives are as follows:
· National Sports Talent Contest Scheme (NSTC)
· Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC)
· SAI Training Centre (STC)
· Special Area Games (SAG)
· Extension Centre of STC/SAG
· Centre of Excellence (CoE)
· National Sports Academies (NSA)
In a written reply he said, though the sports promotional schemes are inclusive for all gender, caste, region, race, the majority of the sports persons selected under the above schemes are identified from the rural and backward area of the country and provided with sports facilities in the form of Expert Coaches, Sports Equipment (Consumable & Non-Consumable), Boarding & Lodging, Sports Kit, Competition Exposure, Educational Expenses, Medical/Insurance and Stipend under Residential & Non-Residential as per the approved scheme norms.
In addition to it, to promote sports among girls/women, SAI has established three sports training centres exclusively for girls/women which are as under:
1. STC, Badal (Punjab)
2. STC, Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh)
3. STC, Medikeri (Karnataka)
Interestingly, the central government has taken many effective steps to promote sports in the whole country. Amongst which many initiatives are being monitored directly by Sports Minister Vijay Goel himself. Not only urban areas but schemes for rural areas including for both girls and boys are also initiated by the government of India to nurture talents.