Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs Current Affairs

Sports Ministry to introduce ranking system for national sports federations

The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs is planning to introduce ranking system for National Sports Federations (NSFs). It is aimed at inculcating healthy competition between sports bodies. This will be for first time the Sports Ministry will have system by which sports federations will be ranked or rated according to set parameters

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The rankings will be based on federations’ administrative capability, transparency, talent-spotting ability, and medal count of athletes. It will also take into consideration implementation of the sports code — which, among other things, bars officials over 70 years old.

The sports ministry will set up committee for this purpose. The committee will comprise sports administrators, sportspersons and professionals from other fields, including chartered accountants and management experts. It will conduct its own study and also ask NSFs to submit audited accounts, give details of how professional management practices have been implemented, and how effectively they have addressed players’ grievances.

However, there is still no provision to link release of funds to NSFs to the rankings. The ranking system seeks to be an incentive for national sports federations to improve their internal systems of management, governance and talent promotion.

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PM Narendra Modi launches Khelo India School Games

Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the inaugural of first edition Khelo India School Games (KISG) open at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.

Key Facts

The first KISG were held under the Khelo India Programme to highlight India’s young sporting talent and showcase India’s sports potential. It was held across 16 disciplines in Under-17 age category. 5,000 school children from 29 states and seven union territories participated in mega sporting event held from January 31 to February 8, 2018. Total of 199 gold medals, 199 silver medals and 275 bronze medals were awarded at first KISG.

Khelo India Programme

The Khelo India programme was introduced by Ministry of Sports and Youth affairs to revive sports culture in India at grass-root level. Its objective is to build strong framework for all sports played in our country and establish India as great sporting nation. It is expected to help scout young talent from schools in various disciplines and groom them as future sports champions. Talented players will be identified under it in priority sports disciplines at various levels by High-Powered Committed and each will be provided annual financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh for 8 years.

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