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Union Government will soon launch Khelo India Programme

The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will soon launch Khelo India programme for period 2017-18 to 2019-20 at cost of Rs 1756 crore.

It was announced by Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Rathore while addressing Yuva Sambardhana Utsav organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, at KIIT Campus, Bhubaneswar. He also announced that year 2018 will be celebrated as the Year of Sports.

Khelo India programme

The programme aims at mainstreaming sports as tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development. It will have holistic impact on entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, talent identification, community sports, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.

The programme will promote 150 select schools from different districts and 20 universities across country, as hubs of sporting excellence, enabling talented sportspersons to pursue both education and competitive sports.  It will cover about 200 million children in age group of 10-18 under a massive national physical fitness drive.

It will also see launch of new Pan Indian Sports Scholarship scheme that would cover 1000 most talented young athletes each year across select sports disciplines. Each athlete selected under the programme will receive an annual scholarship worth Rs. 5 lakh for duration of 8 years.

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First SAICON 2017 held in New Delhi

The first International Conference on Sports Medicine & Sports Sciences “SAICON 2017” was held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by the Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore.

The 3-day conference was organized by Sports Authority of India (SAI). The theme of the conference was ‘Scoring Goals in Sports with Science and Technology’.

Key Facts

The SAICON 2017 aimed at promoting scientific temperament in country and inspire students, researchers and educationists alike to take up sports science and research to next level. It was attended by about 1000 national and international delegates. Eminent Olympians Leander Paes, Gurbax Singh, K. Malleshwari and Yogeshwar Dutt also had attended the conference.

Sports Authority of India (SAI)

SAI is an apex National Sports body set up in 1984 by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for the development of sport in India. It conducts various activities and schemes to promote sports in India. It is headquartered at, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Delhi). SAI has 2 Sports Academic institutions, 10 SAI Regional Centres (SRC), 14 Centre of Excellence (COE/COX), 56 Sports Training Centres (STC) and 20 Special Area Games (SAG).

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