Guidelines issued to ensure transparency in Selection of Sportspersons

The development and promotion of various disciplines of sports including the selection of players for various national and international sports competitions is the responsibility of the concerned National Sports Federations (NSFs). The NSFs work in an autonomous environment and the Government is not directly involved in their functioning, including the selection of sportspersons. However, to ensure transparency in the selection process Government has issued guidelines according to which selection of sportspersons for major international events is to be done by a Selection Committee.

The NSFs work in an autonomous environment and the Government is not directly involved in their functioning, including the selection of sportspersons.

To ensure transparency in the selection process Government has issued guidelines according to which selection of sportspersons for major international events is to be done by a Selection Committee.

Implementing Various Sports Promotional Schemes:

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) through Sports Authority of India (SAI) has been implementing various sports promotional schemes to tap sports talent across the country irrespective of their financial status.

Under the Schemes – SAI Training Centers (STC), Special Area Games (SAG), sports talents belong to rural, tribal, coastal, hilly and backward areas of the country are selected.

The selected trainees are provided financial support in the form of expert coaches, sports equipment, boarding and lodging, sports kit, competition exposure, educational expenses, medical/insurance and stipend as per the approved scheme norms.

Under the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations, the Government supports the identified sportspersons, including those from weaker sections of society/teams for intensive coaching through national coaching camps, foreign exposures/competitions etc.

Customized Training:

Under Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), customized training is being provided to identify sportspersons at the state-of-the-art sports institutes/academies within the country and abroad.

National Sports Federations –

National Sports Federations (NSFs) are autonomous bodies registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860.

Sports Authority of India (SAI) –

Apex national sports body of India

It is established in 1984 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for the development of sports in India.

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Khelo India Youth Games

Khelo India Youth Games to be held in Pune from January 9, 2019; Grassroot level hunt for sports persons will be in bigger and better form

After the resounding success of the first edition of the Khelo India School Games last year, the grassroot level hunt for sportspersons from across the country, is back in a bigger, better form. In its second edition, the games which is an initiative of the Central Government, has expanded in its scope, and will allow participants to compete in two categories, (Under 17) and (Under 21), this year. In its new form, the games, which will be known as the Khelo India Youth Games, also allows students from colleges and Universities to compete.

About Khelo India –

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 in India and establish India as a great sporting nation.

To accomplish the above objectives, Khelo India programme has been divided into 12 verticals, namely:

Play Field Development

  • Community Coaching Development
  • State Level Khelo India Centres
  • Annual Sports Competition
  • Talent Search and Development
  • Utilization and Creation/Upgradation of Sports Infrastructure
  • Support to National/Regional/State Sports Academics
  • Physical fitness of school children
  • Sports for Women
  • Promotion of sports amongst people with disabilities
  • Sports for Peace and Development
  • Promotion of rural and indigenous/tribal games

Talented players identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels by the High-Powered Committee will be provided annual financial assistance of INR 5 lakh per annum for 8 years.

Khelo India School Games are a part of the Khelo India programme.

There are 16 disciplines as follows:

Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.

 

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India’s first national sports university to be set up in Manipur

President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Union Cabinet’s approval on an ordinance to set up the country’s first national sports university in Manipur.

The Bill replaces National Sports University Ordinance, 2018 promulgated by President in May 2018 to protect interests of students who already have been enrolled in National Sports University.

Establishment of the University:  The Bill establishes a National Sports University located in Manipur. It will promote sports education in the areas of (i) sports sciences, (ii) sports technology, (iii) sports management, and (iv) sports coaching.  It will function as a national training center for select sports disciplines. It may also establish campuses and study centers in other parts of the country.  The University will be empowered to grant degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

The key objectives of the University are: (i) research, development and dissemination of knowledge in physical education and sports sciences, (ii) strengthening physical education and sports training programmes, (iii) generating knowledge capabilities, skills and competence at various levels, and (iv) training talented athletes to help them to evolve into international level athletes.

The Bill provides for several authorities under the University.  These include Court, Executive Council, Academic and Activity Council, Board of Sports Studies etc.

The central government will review and inspect the functioning of the University. The Executive Council may take action based on the inspection report. If it fails to take action to the satisfaction of the central government, it will have to comply with the directions issued by the central government. Further, the central government may annul any proceeding of the University which is not in line with the Act.

The University will be required to maintain a fund which will be credited with the funds that it receives from the central government, state government, and fees and money received from any other sources (grants and gifts).  All funds of the University will be invested as decided by the Board on the recommendation of the Finance Committee.

Setting up of National Sports University in Manipur will result in giving an opportunity for the youth of the country in general and of North Eastern States in particular for pursuing courses such as B.PEd, MPEd, Diploma/certificate courses in coaching, physiotherapy, fitness, sports management, sports journalism, etc.

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Entire Men’s Hockey Team Included in Target Olympic Podium Scheme

In a departure from the norm, the Mission Olympic Cell included the entire Indian hockey team in the TOP scheme, rewarding the players for their silver medal-winning performance at the Champions Trophy.

Athletes from different sports have been included in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) individually but it is the first instance that an entire team has been made beneficiary of the financial assistance scheme.

Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS):

It was launched by the Ministry of Sports within the ambit of National Sports Development Fund (NSDF).

It aims at identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for the upcoming Olympic Games.

It will provide selected sportspersons customized training at institutes having world-class facilities and also other necessary support is being provided to the elite athletes. It will also provide a benchmark for selection of athletes on par with international standards.

Under it, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and federations, which are members of Mission Olympic Cell (MOC), will be nodal agencies for disbursal for the fund. They will make payments directly to beneficiary person and institution concerned on behalf of athletes.

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A partnership to green cricket in India

Ahead of the final Cricket match of 2018 Indian Premier League, between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Board of Control for Cricket in India and UN Environment signed an agreement to ‘green’ cricket in India. BCCI will endeavor to reduce their environmental impact by greening operations and engaging fans and cricketers in green initiatives.

Amitabh Choudhary, Acting Hon. Secretary of the BCCI and Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment signed a letter of intent at the offices of Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Key facts:

Through the agreement, the BCCI will endeavor to reduce its environmental impact by greening its operations and engaging cricketers and fans in green initiatives.

The partnership will help make cricket green and sensitise spectators towards minimising waste generation during matches.

The partnership will also focus on phasing out single-use plastic across stadiums and cricket events in the country.

As global host of World Environment Day in 2018, India is leading the global charge to #BeatPlasticPollution in the country, and around the world. It is estimated that the world uses 10 million plastic bags every minute, and much of ends up in our oceans and landfills and is ingested by marine animals and wildlife.

UN Environment is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UN Environment works with governments, the private sector, civil society and with other UN entities and international organizations across the world.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the national governing body for cricket in India. Today, the BCCI has 30 full-time members.  It organizes – among others – the Indian Premiere League.

World Environment Day is the single largest celebration of our environment each year. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated across the globe.

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Centre’s Nod To Ordinance To Set Up India’s 1st Sports University In Manipur

The Union Cabinet approved an ordinance to set up the country’s first national sports university in Manipur. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said a bill to set up the university in Imphal (west) is already pending in parliament.

Highlights of the Bill:

The Bill establishes a National Sports University located in Manipur. It will promote sports education in the areas of: (i) sports sciences, (ii) sports technology, (iii) sports management, and (iv) sports coaching.  It will function as a national training centre for select sports disciplines. It may also establish campuses and study centres in other parts of the country.  The University will be empowered to grant degrees, diplomas and certificates.

The key objectives of the University are: (i) research, development and dissemination of knowledge in physical education and sports sciences, (ii) strengthening physical education and sports training programmes, (iii) generating knowledge capabilities, skills and competence at various levels, and (iv) training talented athletes to help them to evolve into international level athletes.

The Bill provides for several authorities under the University.  These include: Court, Executive Council, Academic and Activity Council, Board of Sports Studies etc.

The central government will review and inspect the functioning of the University. The Executive Council may take action based on the inspection report. If it fails to take action to the satisfaction of the central government, it will have to comply with the directions issued by the central government. Further, the central government may annul any proceeding of the University which is not in line with the Act.

The University will be required to maintain a fund which will be credited with the funds that it receives from the central government, state government, and fees and money received from any other sources (grants and gifts).  All funds of the University will be invested as decided by the Board on the recommendation of the Finance Committee.

Significance of the move:

Setting up of National Sports University in Manipur will result in giving an opportunity for youth of country in general and of North Eastern States in particular for pursuing courses such as B.PEd, MPEd, Diploma / certificate courses in coaching, physiotherapy, fitness, sports management, sports journalism, etc.

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Cabinet approves Revamped Khelo India Programme

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the revamped 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 sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.

The revamped Khelo India Programme would impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.

Salient features:

  • An unprecedented Pan Indian Sports Scholarship scheme, which would cover 1,000 most talented young athletes each year across select sports disciplines.
  • Each athlete selected under the scheme shall receive an annual scholarship worth Rs. 5.00 lakh for 8 consecutive years.
  • This is the first time ever that a long-term athlete development pathway would be made available to gifted and talented youngsters to excel in competitive sports and will create a pool of highly competitive athletes who can compete to win at the world stage.
  • The Programme aims to promote 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 also aims at creating an active population with healthy life-style.
  • The Programme would cover about 200 million children in the age group of 10-18 under a massive national physical fitness drive, which will not only measure the physical fitness of all children in the age group, but also support their fitness related activities.

Impact:

  • The power of sport in promoting gender equity and social inclusiveness is also fully recognized and special measures are provided for to achieve these objectives.
  • The programme also aims at engaging youth living in disturbed and deprived areas, in sporting activities, to wean them away from unproductive and disruptive activities and mainstream them in the nation-building process.
  • The programme strives to raise the standards of competition, both at school and college level, to have maximum access to organized sports competitions.
  • It also includes the use of latest user-friendly technology in all aspects of sports promotion such as, use of mobile apps for dissemination of sports training; National Sports Talent Search portal for talent identification; interactive website for indigenous sports; GIS based information system for locating and using sports infrastructure, etc.
  • This programme strives to promote “Sports for All” as well as “Sports for Excellence.”
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