Sports Ministry announces monetary support to 500 private academies

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The Sports Ministry has decided, through their Khelo India scheme, to help athletes by introducing an incentive structure which will work as a tool to extend monetary help to 500 private sporting academies throughout the nation.

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THE ACADEMIES WILL BE SORTED INTO GRADES

The process, which will be completed within the next four years starting from 2020-21, will have the private academies sorted into grades or categories. The categorisation will be done on the basis of the overall achievement of the players coming out of the academies. Other factors to grade the academies will be the standard of coaches available, quality of the field of play, the overall quality of infrastructure and the availability of facilities to monitor the athletes through the latest advancements of sports science.

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The Sports Ministry has decided on 28 sporting disciplines to focus on for the 2028 Olympics. The institutions practicing one or more of these disciplines will be eligible to receive monetary help in the first phase of the scheme.

THE MOVE AIMS TO ENCOURAGE ALL ACADEMIES, ESPECIALLY THE PRIVATE ONES

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju spoke of the decision as an important one for the Government, as according to him, providing help and support to institutions is crucial in order to groom talents throughout the nation, even in the most remote parts of it. “It is important for the government to extend support to these institutions so that sporting talent can be groomed even in the most remote areas of the country,” he said.

Rijiju added that some smaller institutions have been working brilliantly to groom talents for the future. “There are a lot of small academies in various parts of the country that are doing very good work in identifying and training athletes,” he added.

“This move aims to encourage all academies, especially the private academies, to continue improving the level of infrastructure, resources and sports science support so that athletes can get best in class training,” he added.

GAGAN NARANG PRAISES THE SCHEME

Olympic Medalist Gagan Narang, who runs the Gun For Glory academy, praised the decision as one which will boost the sporting culture in India and ensure higher resources in the development of top-tier athletes in the nation.

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