Sports Ministry upgrades six centres to CoE, sanctions Rs 67.32 crore as financial support

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Sports Ministry upgrades six centers to CoE, sanctions Rs 67.32 crore as financial support

NEW DELHI: In an effort to groom talent for future Olympic Games, the Sports Ministry on Saturday approved the up-gradation of six facilities in the country to Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) and sanctioned Rs 67.32 crore as financial support for four years.
The six centers are States Sports Academy, Sarusajai, Guwahati (Rs 7.96 crore), J N S Complex, Shillong (Rs 8.39 crore), Paljor Stadium, Gangtok (Rs 7.91 crore), New Sports Complex, Silvassa (Rs 8.05 crore), Madhya Pradesh State Academy (Rs 19 crore), Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune (Rs 16 crore).
The consolidated budget estimate of Rs 67.32 crore is for the financial year 2020-21 and the subsequent four years.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said creating centers of sporting excellence across the country was a step towards realizing the government’s vision of making India one of the top 10 medal-winning countries in the 2028 Olympics.
“Each of these centers will provide world-class training in a specific sporting discipline and will become the main facility in the country where elite athletes of that sport will train.
“I am happy that each state has supported this initiative of the center with great positivity and enthusiasm,” he said.
The support to the centers will be in the form of infrastructure up-gradation, setting up of sports science facilities, and provision of quality coaches and sports science human resources like physiotherapists, and strength and conditioning experts.
The ministry said it is upgrading existing sporting infrastructure in each state and union territory and establishing KISCEs with the aim of creating a robust sporting ecosystem in the entire country.
Each KISCE will be given sports-specific support in 14 Olympic events, out of which one state or UT will be given support for a maximum of three sports, the ministry said in a release.


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