- SAI has made its facilities completely free to access.
- The facilities may be used by event organisers, athletes or accredited coaches without any compensation.
- However, organizers will have to incur extra charges for electricity etc.
In a bumper Diwali gift to the country’s sports fraternity, Indian sports facilities and stadia coming under the wings of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) would be made completely free of cost from November 1.
This was revealed on Friday by a SAI order which said that the facilities would be free for national sports federations, various leagues as well as clubs.
According to the order, the facilities may be availed for without compensation only for sports events. The organisers, however, will have to incur the costs related to electricity etc., among others. They may also be availed for the purposes of training by athletes as well as accredited coaches. Coaches can apply for accreditation through SAI’s web portal.
This a Diwali gift to athletes!
I am happy to announce that the decision to make all SAI facilities free for sport events and accessible to all is ready. The official process has been completed by officers of SAI in record time, and the implementation will take place from Nov 1. pic.twitter.com/QKS08gVMcp
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) October 25, 2019
The directive comes at the back of the announcement made by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju about his ministry’s goal to boost the usage of existing sports infrastructure in India by upto 3 times in the next 3 months.
“The ministry has at its disposal some of the best sporting infrastructure in the country, which needs to be utilised for the benefit of promoting the sporting culture and ecosystem in the country,” Rijiju had informed.
“The intention of the ministry is to increase the use of existing sports infrastructure by three times in the next three months. I am sure this step will not only promote fitness, but will also prompt more youngsters to compete in sports and help us identify more talent for the country,” he had said.
Making the SAI facilities free for usage is definitely a step forward in making sports accessible to the masses. We thank the Sports Minister for taking this important step and hope that it bears the fruits soon…