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‘Sports’ is a State subject and promotion of sports in the country, including promotion of Sports among rural youth is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments and the National Sports Federations (NSFs) concerned.

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  • The Central Government complements/supplements the efforts of the State Governments and the NSFs.

  • Government is already running several schemes to increase participation of the rural youth in sports.

Khelo India Scheme

  • The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in India at the grass-root level by building a strong framework for all sports played in our country and establish India as a great sporting nation.

  • The Khelo India Scheme implemented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports provides for promotion of sports among entire population including rural youth.

  • The scheme has a dedicated vertical, viz. , Promotion of rural and indigenous/tribal games which provides for financial assistance to NSFs/Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) etc for promotion of sports in the country including rural areas.

Other Efforts for Promotion of Sports

Under this vertical, various NSFs have been provided financial assistance to hold competitions in various parts of the country including those in rural areas.

During the period from January to October 2018, a total number of 36 such competitions/exhibition events had been held.

Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous organization under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, is implementing following sports promotional schemes across the country to identify talented sports persons in the age group of 8 - 25 years & nurture them to excel at national and international competitions:

National Sports Talent Contest Scheme (NSTC)

  • National Sports Talent Contest, (NSTC) Scheme is being implemented to scout sports talent in the age group of 8 - 14 years from schools and nurture them into future medal hopes by providing scientific training.

  • Under the Scheme, schools having good sports infrastructure and record of creditable sports performances are adopted by SAI. The Scheme enables the budding sportsperson to study and play in the same school. In addition to the main scheme of NSTC (launched 1985) wherein regular schools are adopted, a few distinct sub-schemes were launched to further reach out to sports talent in India, even those participating in indigenous sports and games.

Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC)

  • This is a collaborative venture of SAI with the Indian Army,

  • The main objective of the Scheme is to make use of the good infrastructure and disciplined environment of the Army for training boys in the age group of 8 - 16 years of age, to achieve excellence in sports.

  • After attaining the required age of seventeen and a half years, the trainees are also offered placement in the Army.

SAI Training Centre (STC)

  • Main objectives were to make it possible for the Central Government and State Governments to work together for sports development efforts, through integration of various Schemes.

  • Correct existing regional imbalances in sports infrastructure in the Country and within a State.

  • Enable SAI to nurture junior sports talent scientifically who had attained excellence at Sub Junior level under NSTC Scheme and induct them into the STCs/Centres of Excellence, for further scientific and in-depth coaching on a long term basis.

Special Area Games (SAG)

  • Special Area Games (SAG) Scheme aims at scouting natural talent for modern competitive sports and games from inaccessible tribal, rural and coastal areas of the country and nurturing them scientifically for achieving excellence in sports.

  • The Scheme also envisages tapping of talent from indigenous games and martial arts and also from regions/communities, which are either genetically or geographically advantageous for excellence in a particular sports discipline.

  • The main objective of the Scheme is to train meritorious sports persons in the age group of 12 - 18 years, with age being relaxed in exceptional cases.

Extension Centre of STC/SAG

  • The extension centres of STC/SAG centres Scheme was started to cover schools and colleges for wider coverage, with a view to develop sports standards in schools and colleges having requisite basic sports infrastructure and had shown good results in sports.

  • Trainees in the age group of 10 - 18 years are selected under Non-Residential basis for regular training.

Centre of Excellence (COE)

A center of excellence is a team, a shared facility or an entity that provides leadership, best practices, research, support and/or training for a focus area. Due to its broad usage and vague legal precedent, a “center of excellence” in one context may have completely different characteristics from another

National Sports Academies (NSA)

  • IT offers young men and women from around the world a balance of academics and athletics.

  • The School allows students to grow and develop individually and as part of a close-knit community.

  • A unique college preparatory athletic academy, NSA provides students in grade 9 through 12 as well as Postgraduates, a safe and secure environment in which to grow, develop and excel.

  • Our students are ready to take on the challenge of achieving their potential academically, athletically and personally.

  • NSA provides students the opportunity to fully develop their individual athletic abilities while preparing for the demands of college.

  • Many of the sports persons identified under SAI Sports Promotional Schemes belong to the rural, tribal, backward, coastal and inaccessible hilly areas of the country and are provided with training facilities in the form of expert sports coaches, requisite playing facilities, boarding & lodging, sports kit, competition exposure, educational expenses, medical/insurance and stipend as per the approved norms.

  • In addition, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), an autonomous organization under aegis of Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, undertakes programmes such as Block and District level Sports Meets, providing sports material to Youth Clubs etc. , for popularizing and encouraging sports and develop competitive spirit among youth including rural youth. During 2017 - 18, a total 2965 Block level sports meets and 556 District level sports meets were conducted by NYKS.

  • The Government does not have any proposal for starting programme in addition to already existing programmes to increase participation of the rural youth in sports.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 21, 2019

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