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Govt trying to develop hidden talents in sports

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New Delhi: Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports had launched the National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) in the year 2015, which aimed at identifying sporting talent among students in the age group of 8-12 years, and nurturing of the sporting talent to make them excel at the national and international sports competitions.

The scheme and the guidelines for its implementation were circulated to all the States/Union Territories on 20 February 2015. However, in the meantime, the government decided to restructure and merge centrally sponsored schemes into one central sector scheme to address talent search, grooming of talent and provision of infrastructure.

In addition, the Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous body under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, is implementing the following Sports Promotional Schemes for identification and grooming of sportspersons by providing equipment and facilities:

  • National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC)
  • Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC)
  • SAI Training Centre (STC)
  • Special Area Games (SAG)
  • Extension Centres of /SAG
  • Centre of Excellence (CoX)
  • National Sports Academy (NSA)

Approximately 3,700 boys and 1,700 girls are undergoing training under the schemes at different SAI training centres. The trainees admitted under the above schemes, besides scientific coaching from experienced coaches, are also provided facilities as per norms of the scheme like free boarding and lodging, sports kit, educational expenses, sports equipment, competition exposure, insurance, expenses stipend etc.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the minister said that the SAI was running National Sports Academies in different parts of the country. Such academies are also meant for sub-junior and junior levels.

National Sports Academies, Sports Authority of India
Serial number Sports discipline Location


Cycling Academy Cycling Velodrome of Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi



Swimming Academy Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex, Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi


Athletics Academy

(Sprints and Jumps)

Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Thiruvananthapuram


Athletics Academy

(Middle Distance)

Sports Authority of India (SAI) Regional Centre, Bhopal
5. Academy Thiruvananthapuram


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