Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs Current Affairs

Government selects 734 athletes for Khelo-India scholarships

Sports Authority of India (SAI) under Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has cleared 734 athletes for the scholarship under the Khelo India Talent Development Scheme. They were selected High Powered Committee of SAI. Through this programme, the athletes will get training at government-accredited residential academies. They will be provided with annual stipend of Rs. 1,20,000 on quarterly basis to meet their out of pocket expenses, treatment of injuries and other expenses.

Sports academies

The High Powered Committee for the first time also has accredited various private, state and SAI academies to create strong ecosystem for nurturing talent. It includes 21 non-SAI academies as well. The rationale behind it is to develop more such academies so that young athletes can get access to best training without having to travel long distances.

Khelo India Talent Development Scheme

The scheme 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 aims to help scout young talent from schools in various disciplines and groom them as future sports champions. Under it, talented players are identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels by High-Powered Committed and each selected player is provided annual financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh for 8 years.

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Entire Men’s Hockey team included in Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS)

The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has included entire Men’s Hockey team of India under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). This is first instance that entire team has been made beneficiary of the scheme as earlier only individual athletes from different sports were included as beneficiaries of the scheme.

Key Facts

The decision to include hockey was taken after India’s performance had improved as they had finished runners up in Champions Trophy in Netherlands. The 18 team members will be provided with monthly allowance of Rs. 50,000 each under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). The women’s team may be also included in the TOPS after reviewing its performance in the upcoming World Cup and following Asian Games.

Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS)

TOPS was launched by Ministry of Sports within the ambit of National Sports Development Fund (NSDF). It aims at identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for 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 fund. They will make payments directly to beneficiary person and institution concerned on behalf of athletes. Abinav Bindra Committee was constituted to identify and support potential medal prospects for 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games under the scheme.

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