Khelo India” Programme (2017-20) for Athletes Training to be launched by Central Government.

Published Date - 12 February 2018 04:46:29 Updated Date - 12 February 2018 04:47:14

Bhubaneswar, Dec 10 Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said the government will launch a 'Khelo India' programme at a cost of Rs 1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20.

This marks a "watershed moment" in the history of Indian sports, as the programme aims at mainstreaming sports as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development, he said.

The initiative would impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy, said Rathore, who is also Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting.

Highlighting some salient features of the programme, the Union minister said a new Pan Indian Sports Scholarship scheme, which would cover 1,000 most talented young athletes each year across select sports disciplines will be introduced.

Each athlete selected under the scheme will receive an annual scholarship worth Rs 5 lakh for 8 years, Rathore said, addressing the 'Yuva Sambardhana Utsav'.

The year 2018 will be celebrated as Year of Sports, he said.

The Khelo India campaign aims to promote 150 select schools in as many districts, and 20 universities across the country, as hubs of sporting excellence, which would enable talented sports persons to pursue the dual pathway of education and competitive sports.

The programme would cover about 200 million children in the age group of 10-18 under a massive national physical fitness drive, the minister said.

Under the scheme, a campaign will be launched from January 31, 2018 to February 8, 2018 to spot sports talents under 17 years in schools, which will be telecast live.

Likewise, another programme will be launched for under-21 college students.

"Our aim is 2024 and 2028 Olympics. The spotted talents will be imparted specialised training to make them medal winners," Rathore said.

"We can't produce national and international level sports persons with huge infrastructure only. For this, we need strong will power," the minister said at another event at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) here.

Bhubaneswar, Dec 10 Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said the government will launch a 'Khelo India' programme at a cost of Rs 1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20.

This marks a "watershed moment" in the history of Indian sports, as the programme aims at mainstreaming sports as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development, he said.

The initiative would impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy, said Rathore, who is also Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting.

Highlighting some salient features of the programme, the Union minister said a new Pan Indian Sports Scholarship scheme, which would cover 1,000 most talented young athletes each year across select sports disciplines will be introduced.

Each athlete selected under the scheme will receive an annual scholarship worth Rs 5 lakh for 8 years, Rathore said, addressing the 'Yuva Sambardhana Utsav'.

The year 2018 will be celebrated as Year of Sports, he said.

The Khelo India campaign aims to promote 150 select schools in as many districts, and 20 universities across the country, as hubs of sporting excellence, which would enable talented sports persons to pursue the dual pathway of education and competitive sports.

The programme would cover about 200 million children in the age group of 10-18 under a massive national physical fitness drive, the minister said.

Under the scheme, a campaign will be launched from January 31, 2018 to February 8, 2018 to spot sports talents under 17 years in schools, which will be telecast live.

Likewise, another programme will be launched for under-21 college students.

"Our aim is 2024 and 2028 Olympics. The spotted talents will be imparted specialised training to make them medal winners," Rathore said.

"We can't produce national and international level sports persons with huge infrastructure only. For this, we need strong will power," the minister said at another event at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) here.

Components of Khelo India Programme

There are 12 important components of Khelo India Programme which are specified below:-

Play Field Development

Community Coaching Development

State Level Khelo India Centres

Annual Sports Competitions

Talent Search and Development

Upgradation of Sports Infrastructure

Support to National/Regional/State Sports Academies

Physical Fitness of School going Children

Sports for Women

Promotion of Sports among persons with disabilities (PWDs)

Sports for Peace and Development

Promotion of rural and indigenous/tribal games

Highlights of Khelo India Programme (For Athletes)

The important features and details of this Revamped Khelo India Scheme are as follows:-

  1. These are the best tournament for students of school level.
  2. This revamped Khelo India Programme will impact the entire ecosystem of sports which will include community sports, development of infrastructure, talent identification, special coaching and competition.
  3. Subsequently, this scheme will provide an appropriate environment for athletes so that they can focus on their preparation without any hurdle.
  4. Accordingly, Khelo India campaign will promote 150 Schools and 20 Universities as central hub for sporting excellence.
  5. Henceforth, govt. will select 1000 athletes every and will provide them an annual scholarship of Rs 5,00,000 for 8 years and will also track their performance. In addition to this, 1000 athletes will get added every year.
  6. The scheme will target the 2024 and 2028 Olympics and will provide specialized training to the spotted talents to become medal winners. Moreover, this will also create amazing bench strength for multiple sports.
  7. Central govt. is going to launch a campaign from 31 January 2018 to 8 February 2018 for identification of talents under 17 years in schools. In addition to this, govt. will also launch an under 21 programmes for college students.
 

Khelo India Programme for Coaches

This program will also provide training to the coaches. Subsequently, central govt. will focus on professionalism, responsibility and accountability for promotion of sports. Subsequently, this scheme will upgrade the skills of coaches on a regular basis to create several coaches for different games.

Accordingly, govt. will hire high performance managers to take care of the athletes. Furthermore, these hired coaches will give report to the ministry on the progress of the athletes at regular intervals.

The Central govt. previously launched Khelo India Scheme for Infrastructure development. But now the central govt. will focus on imparting specialized training to the athletes and coaches under Khelo India School Games. Furthermore, this scheme will give opportunities for playing, identification of the talent and will create multiple levels of competition.

References

For more information of Khelo India Pogramme, please see the link given below:-
Khelo India – National Programme for Development of Sports

 


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