GUWAHATI: The Sports Ministry has approved Rs 7.96 crore for the Sarusajai State Sports Academy here to be upgraded as Khelo India Centre of Excellence (KISCE).
On Saturday, the sports ministry approved six centres as KISCE and they’re going to now be upgraded at a consolidated budget estimate of Rs 67.32 crore for FY 2020-21 and subsequent four years so that you can identify and groom Olympic level talent.
But even so Sarusajai State Sports Academy, J N S Complex, Shillong (Meghalaya) and Paljor Stadium, Gangtok can be upgraded and sanctioned Rs 8.39 crore and – Rs 7.91 crore respectively.
Three other stadiums in Daman & Diu, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra can be upgraded.
Union Minister of Youth Matters and Sports Kiren Rijiju said, “Creating centres of sporting excellence across the country is a step towards our vision of making India one of the most top 10 countries in Olympics 2028. Unless we will be able to supply world-class specialised training, we cannot expect athletes to excel at the Olympics. Every of these centers will supply world-class training in a particular sporting discipline and will grow to be the main facility in the country where elite athletes of that sport will train. I am happy that every state has supported this initiative of the center with great positivity and enthusiasm.”
The fortify to the centers will be in the form of infrastructure up-gradation, setting up sports science centres and also a soft component in the form of quality coaches and sports science human resources like physiotherapists, strength and conditioning experts and so forth.
High-quality equipment can be given to the players. The academy will actually have a High-performance Manager to verify the quality of sports science input and performance management.