The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has cleared names of 734 young athletes for a scholarship programme under Khelo India Talent Identification Development scheme for development of sports in the country.
What is the Khelo India Scholarship all about?
The committee formed to look into this matter, approved the names of the athletes said that the scholarship program is designed to take care of the expenses of the players.
The selected athletes after their selection would be eligible for an annual (yearly) stipend of Rs. 1.2 lakhs, but on quarterly basis to meet their expenses related to treating injuries and also smaller elements like local travel.
The high power committee of Khelo India also took major step in the direction of growth of sports. In doing so, various private, State and SAI academies have been accredited along with 21 non-SAI academies.
The end goal is to develop more of such academies so that young athletes can get access to the best training without having to go at far off centers. These accredited academies will look after the training, boarding and tournament expenses of the inducted athletes.
Another major decision was that the academies will be divided into three categories. Plus, to encourage excellence, there will be a gap analysis that will provide the academies an opportunity for upgradation.
However, after these proposals are passed there will be a strong review mechanism for the said academies on a timely basis. Academies that do not maintain desired standards and fulfil the performance criteria might be delisted.
Also, the new trainees who don’t comply with the requisite standards, can also be weeded out from the academies.
About the Khelo India Program
The Khelo India program has been started with resuscitate the sports culture in India at the grass-root level by building a solid structure for all games played in our nation and set up India as an awesome sporting nation.
The significance of sports and wellness in one’s life is precious. Playing sports teaches cooperation, creates key and expository reasoning, initiative abilities, objective setting and risk taking. A fit and sound individual prompts a similarly solid society and solid country.
Sports are a critical segment for the general improvement of our country. And this is where a noble initiative under Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and his team of former and current Indian athletes decided to launch Kehlo India.
Over the last couple of years India has gained consistent ground in the field of sports. This enormous potential should be exhibited at a worldwide stage. It’s time we inspire the youth, give them first class foundation and infrastructure of the highest quality. We have to instil solid support in sports that empowers players to show their actual potential. This is where India will be able to understand its dream of turning into a sports super power.
Talented players recognized in respective sports disciplines at various levels by the High-Powered Committee will be provided a yearly monetary assistance of INR 5 lakh per annum for 8 years.
Khelo India School Games
Khelo India School Games, which is a piece of the Khelo India program, were held from 31st January to 8th February, 2018 in New Delhi.
Under-17 competitors were invited to compete in over 16 disciplines, which are: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.
Khelo India School Games is a revamped initiative of the National Program for development of sports, Khelo India. The Khelo India School Games will go about as a roadmap for indentyfying and nurturing young talent of our country.
Khelo India School Games will be a yearly event held in collaboration with the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) and the National Sports Federations (NSFs). The SGFI and NSFs will draw up a yearly timetable of events at the lower level in the run-up to the Khelo India School Games at the National level.
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