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 will now be upgraded at a consolidated budget estimate of Rs 67.32 crore for FY 2020-21 and subsequent four years in an effort to identify and groom Olympic level talent.
Besides Sarusajai State Sports Academy, J N S Complex, Shillong (Meghalaya) and Paljor Stadium, Gangtok will also be upgraded and sanctioned Rs 8.39 crore and – Rs 7.91 crore respectively.
Three other stadiums in Daman & Diu, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra will also be upgraded.
Union Minister of Youth Affairs 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 top 10 countries in Olympics 2028. Unless we can provide world-class specialised training, we cannot expect athletes to excel at the Olympics. Each of these centers will provide world-class training in a specific sporting discipline and will become the main facility in the country where elite athletes of that sport will train. I am happy that each state has supported this initiative of the center with great positivity and enthusiasm.”
The support 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 on.
High-quality equipment will also be provided to the players. The academy will also have a High-performance Manager to ensure the quality of sports science input and performance management.