Government is supporting sportspersons across the countryto enable them to obtain maximum quota for participation in Olympics and enhance their chances of winning medals: Kiren Rijiju

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju addressing the ‘India Disaster Response Summit’, in New Delhi on November 09, 2017.

New Delhi: Preparation of Indian sportspersons and teams for international sports events including Olympics is an ongoing process. The Central Government is supporting sportspersons across the country including those from Tamil Nadu through National Sports Federations (NSFs) by providing financial assistance for training and participation of Indian teams in international tournaments abroad, holding of national and international tournaments in India, purchase of equipment, training of national teams/sportspersons under Indian and foreign coaches with requisite technical & scientific back up, thereby enabling the players to enable them to obtain maximum quota for participation in Olympics and enhance their chances of winning medals. Under the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs), funds are provided for conduct of national championships, international tournaments in India, participation in international tournaments abroad, coaching camps, purchase of equipments, engagement of foreign coaches, etc.

Under the Scheme of Assistance to NSFs, funds are not allocated State-wise. Funds are allocated and used for training of athletes and participation in sports events, conduct of national championships and international tournaments in India etc.

Creation/upgradation of sports infrastructure and facilities in the country with the aim of providing sports facilities of international standards to Indian sportspersons and teams preparing for international sports events including Olympics is an ongoing process. Sports stadia and other sports facilities of the Sports Authority of India in New Delhi and at its centres across the country are upgraded from time to time to make them of international standards. Further, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports is implementing the Khelo India Scheme which provides for giving financial assistance to States/Union Territories for creation/upgradation of sports infrastructure, which is also used by Indian sportspersons and teams for training for international sports events including Olympics.

The National Sports Federations and Indian Olympic Association together have set their targets for achieving participation of largest Indian Contingent at the Olympics, which increases the probability of getting higher medal tally.

This information was given by Minister of State for Youth Affairs & SportsShri Kiren Rijijuin a written reply in RajyaSabha today.