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National Institute of Sports Services of SAI

Posted on:  | 04 Aug 2015

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Sports Authority of India (SAI)used to provide services of its National Institute of Sports (NIS) trained coaches to State Coaching Centres (SCCs) and District Coaching Centres (DCCs), Universities etc. However, there has been very little recruitment of coaches in SAI since 1996.This has resulted in acute shortage of coaches in SAI and they have been forced to withdraw them from SCCs and DCCs for deploying them in their own centres. At present, out of 1078 coaches, 102 are deployed in SCCs and 19 in University Field Stations. The remaining coaches are deployed in SAI centres and National Coaching Camps. Under a new proposal, States/Universities/Institutes can seek the services of NIS qualified coaches from SAI on deputation basis.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, SAI provides scientific training and other support under National Sports Talent Contest Scheme (NSTC) and Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC) to boys and girls having sports potential in the age group of 8-14 and 8-16 years respectively.

He said, besides, in other SAI promotional schemes such as Special Area Games (SAG), SAI Training Center (STC), Extension Centre of STC/SAG, Centre of Excellence (COX) and Academies training is imparted to athletes from urban, rural, tribal and economic weaker sections etc. SAG Scheme of SAI is specially focused to scout and nurture sports talent from amongst the rural and tribal areas.

Since “Sports” is a State subject. Data use of sports infrastructure/academies started by State Governments is not maintained. Government only supplements the efforts of State Governments in promotion/development of sports through its various schemes, Shri Sonowal added.
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