Olympics Current Affairs - 2020

GoI establishes Khelo India State Centres of Excellence

The Ministry of Sports has launched Khelo India State Centres of Excellence. The centre aims to create robust sporting ecosystem in the country.

Highlights

The Sports Ministry has identified state owned sports facilities in 8 states of India. The facilities are to be upgraded into Khelo India State Centres of Excellence. The funds for the sports centres are to be used for equipment, expert coaches, support staff and infrastructure through Khelo India Scheme.

About the centres

The centres are to be developed into world class sporting facilities. The required infrastructure are to be identified by the states and Union Territories. Around 8 centres have been identified out of 15 proposals.

Significance

The Khelo India State Centre of Excellence is to be established to strengthen excellence of India in Olympics. The centre will help the athletes to train in their respective discipline.

The Centres

The 8 centres established under the scheme are located in Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha, Telangana, Mizoram.

Bundesliga of Germany: World’s first sports competition after COVID-19 lock down

The Bundesliga of Germany becomes the world’s first major sports event to resume after COVID-19 lock down.

Highlights

Though the sports events are beginning, they will not be played the same way. The Bundesliga games began with empty stadium though the stadium had capacity to hold more than 80,000 players. The players are being tested twice a week.

The teams participating in the games were kept under quarantine. The teams entered the ground at different times. The substitutes sat well apart during the matches.

Bundesliga

The Bundesliga is the primary football league in Germany. It has the highest stadium attendance worldwide. The game was begun in 1963. The Bundesliga is number one football league in the world in terms of attendance.

Bundesliga means “Federal League”. The word is common in countries like Austria and Germany.

Background

The COVID-19 has resulted in postponing important sports events such as Tokyo Olympics, Wimbledon, etc.