Sports Minister Anurag Thakur launches KIRTI Scheme

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KIRTI Scheme

In a significant move to boost sports culture in India, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur launched KIRTI, a nationwide talent hunt scheme. KIRTI, an acronym for Khelo India Rising Talent Identification, is a groundbreaking initiative aimed at identifying and nurturing young athletes aged between 9-18.

All you need to know about the KIRTI Scheme

The programme is unique in its approach as it leverages IT tools to scout talent from every corner of the country. The initiative aims to conduct 20 lakh assessments throughout the year, thereby creating a pyramid-like structure starting at the grassroots level to push young talents into bringing laurels to the country at the national and international levels.

In the first phase, ten Khelo India disciplines have been identified, including archery, athletics, boxing, football, hockey, kabaddi, kho-kho, volleyball, weightlifting, and wrestling. However, the list is expected to expand in the coming years, incorporating and mainstreaming more sports for inclusive and comprehensive development.

The programme also involves physical education teachers and experts in these sports to identify upcoming talent. This initiative is part of the larger Khelo India scheme, a flagship Central Sector Scheme of the Government of India aimed at inculcating sports culture into Indian society and achieving excellence on the world stage.

The launch of KIRTI was met with optimism from the sports fraternity. Olympic and World Championships gold medallist Neeraj Chopra expressed his enthusiasm about the initiative, stating that it could provide the right balance between sports and studies and would be a boon to school-goers.

“If our athletes are focused and can capitalize on the platforms provided, Indian sports can only go forward,” he added.

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