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New Delhi: In a first-ever move, the Sports Ministry has introduced an incentivisation structure to extend monetary support to 500 private academies, through the Khelo India Scheme over the next four years starting FY 2020-21.

In this model, private academies shall be graded into different categories based on quality achievement of players trained by the academy, level of coaches available at the academy, quality of Field of Play and allied infrastructure, availability of sports science facilities and staff.

The 14 priority disciplines identified for excellence in the 2028 Olympics will be eligible for receiving support in the first phase.

“It is important for the government to extend support to these institutions so that sporting talent can be groomed even in the most remote areas of the country. There are a lot of small academies in various parts of the country that are doing very good work in identifying and training athletes. This move aims to encourage all academies, especially the private academies to continue improving the level of infrastructure, resources and sports science support so that athletes can get best in class training,” Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said in a statement.

Reacting to the decision, former World Boxing Champion Laishram Sarita Devi, who also runs a private Boxing academy in the name of Sarita Regional Boxing Academy at Mayang Imphal, said the announcement by the Sports Ministry will be a huge boost for the overall development of sports in the country.

Sarita also appreciated the Union Sports Minister, Rijiju for such an important decision, and further appealed to the sporting fraternity in the country to work hard to reach the pinnacle and bring laurels for the Nation.

Olympic medallist Gagan Narang, who also runs a private academy  called Gun for Glory under the Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation, said, “This is a huge boost for private academies because it will motivate them to ensure they keep creating world class infrastructure and ensure higher resources in the development of world class athletes.”

Under the scheme, SAI and NSFs will be working together. SAI will also hold discussions with NSFs and implement categorisation and gradation of the academies. The number of academies to be funded and the quantum of funding under each discipline will be determined by an objective evaluation of the need for investment and each NSF’s capabilities to leverage the incentivisation model and promote excellence in Olympics in their respective discipline.  There will be a special focus on developing sports science facilities at all the academies to improve the overall quality of training.

National Badminton Coach Pullela Gopichand thanked the Government and the SAI for this initiative. “I think this is a big initiative for sports in the country and this will benefit all sections of sportspersons and the sports ecosystem immensely. This is a huge step forward and I would like to congratulate the Government and the Sports Authority of India for the wonderful initiative,” Gopichand said.

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28th LMPS 2020 kick starts at Tuensang

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao exhibition matches were played between girl students of Baptist Thangyen School vs Wela Foundation School and Holy Angels School VS Tuensang Village Sports Foundation. 

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Kohima: The 28th Loyem Memorial Penalty Shootout kick starts on Thursday at Loyem Memorial ground Tuensang. 

Kumar Ramnikant, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Tuensang was the Chief Guest of the shootout programme. The penalty shootout is participated by 46 teams under the theme “Kick Social Discrimination” organized by Confederation of Chang Students’ Union.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest applauded the organizing committee and CCSU for bringing up such event in times of pandemic with proper SOP and guidelines. As the theme states, it is very true that discrimination does exist with humans yes but fighting discrimination in form of sports is a good spirit, he said. He encouraged all the participating teams to play with team spirit so that the true spirit of the sports can be achieved. 

He also advised all the teams to maintain proper guidelines and maintain the SOP so that together we with the cooperation we can beat the COVID 19.

Mongba, Convener LMT also in his welcome address said LMT has been organised since 27 years ago as a senior soccer open championship but due to the global pandemic the 28th edition has been reduced to Penalty Shoot in order avoid untoward happening during this times.

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao exhibition matches were played between girl students of Baptist Thangyen School vs Wela Foundation School and Holy Angels School VS Tuensang Village Sports Foundation. 

An exhibition match was also played between DC Tuensang Team VS SP Tuensang Team.

 

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Tendulkar donates medical equipments to Assam hospital

Tendulkar’s foundation has also helped in providing nutrition and education to tribal communities in Madhya Pradesh and this initiative will also help a lot of underprivileged communities in the North East

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Mumbai: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has donated medical equipment to a charitable hospital in Assam, a move will benefit over 2,000 children coming from underprivileged families.

Tendulkar, who is also the ‘Goodwill ambassador of UNICEF’, has donated equipment required in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to the Makunda hospital located in Assam’s Karimganj district.

Tendulkar’s foundation has also helped in providing nutrition and education to tribal communities in Madhya Pradesh and this initiative will also help a lot of underprivileged communities in the North East

Dr Vijay Anand Isamael, Paediatric Surgeon, Makunda Hospital thanked the legendary batsman for the aid stating:” The grant from the Sachin Tendulkar Foundation with support from Ekam Foundation will help us to provide better services at low costs to the poor people who come in large numbers in this area.

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UP Police arrested 3 for duping athletes through false Khelo India ad: SAI

The action was taken two days after SAI lodged an FIR, alleging that several athletes across the country were duped through the false advertisement, which sought money to compete in the Khelo India Games.

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New Delhi: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Friday said that the Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested three persons, including a former kabaddi player, for fleecing grassroots-level athletes through a false advertisement for next year’s Khelo India Games.

The action was taken two days after SAI lodged an FIR, alleging that several athletes across the country were duped through the false advertisement, which sought money to compete in the Khelo India Games.

The Khelo India Games are scheduled to be held in Panchkula next year.

“The Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested three persons on Friday involved in circulating a false advertisement on social media platforms inviting applications from athletes to participate in the Khelo India Games scheduled in Panchkula in Haryana in 2021, and asking athletes to pay Rs 6000 each to participate in the Games,” the SAI said in a statement.

“The three persons arrested are Sanjay Pratap Singh, Anuj Kumar and Ravi. Sanjay has been an ex-kabaddi player from Agra and he had created a fake ID by the name of Rudra Pratap Singh to interact with athletes interested in participating in the Khelo India Games.

“Anuj and Ravi, meanwhile, provided their account numbers of Canara Bank and State Bank branches in UP, where athletes were asked to deposit the money,” it added.

SAI said that the accounts have now been frozen by both the banks and investigation is underway to identify the total number of athletes who had deposited money in them.

The body had alleged that advertisement also used “logos of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sports Authority of India and Khelo India, which misled several athletes to believe it to be a government advertisement.” With agency inputs

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Sports Ministry sanctions Rs 5 lakh for family of deceased footballer Manitombi Singh

Defender Manitombi, who died in August at the age of 39, in Imphal after long illness, was the only earning member of his family and is survived by his parents, wife and an eight-year-old son.

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New Delhi: The Sports Ministry on Friday sanctioned Rs 5 lakh to the family of deceased Manipuri Footballer Manitombi Singh with an effort to ease the financial crisis of the family.

Defender Manitombi, who died in August at the age of 39, in Imphal after a long illness, was the only earning member of his family and is survived by his parents, wife and an eight-year-old son.

Manitombi, a former Mohun Bagan player, played for India in the 2002 LG Cup in Vietnam and was also a part of the national team in the 2002 Busan Asian Games.

Speaking about the decision, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said, “Manitombi has contributed significantly to Indian football. He also contributed as a coach in Manipur. His demise is indeed a loss for the sporting community. When we learnt about the financial crisis that the family is facing after his death, extending support to them was a duty upon us. It is of prime importance for the Government to support all our athletes, past and present, as well as those who have dedicated their life to the sport as coaches, sports administrators, support staff and in similar roles.”

The grant of Rs 5 lakh was sanctioned under the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for sportspersons.

The sports ministry has been consistently helping athletes in need of financial support through this fund. With agency inputs

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SAI lodges FIR after several athletes fleeced of money through false Khelo India advertisement

In the advertisement, athletes have been asked to deposit Rs 6,000 for enrolling in the Khelo India camp and have been assured that they can participate in Khelo India Games after trials.

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New Delhi:  The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Wednesday lodged a First Information Report (FIR) with the Agra police in Uttar Pradesh after receiving complaints from grassroots -level athletes from across the country that an advertisement has been posted on social media platforms inviting applications to participate in the Khelo India Games scheduled in Panchkula in Haryana in 2021.

In the advertisement, athletes have been asked to deposit Rs 6,000 for enrolling in the Khelo India camp and have been assured that they can participate in Khelo India Games after trials. A phone number was mentioned in the said advertisement. Acting as an aspirant, the SAI has managed to get the bank account details of the person, a resident of Agra, who has been conning the budding athletes of their hard-earned money.

The advertisement also used the logos of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), SAI and Khelo India, which misled several athletes to believe it to be a government advertisement.

The SAI has lodged an FIR and asked for an immediate investigation into the issue. Khelo India is a government scheme and athletes do not need to pay any money to participate in it. No trials are conducted by SAI/Khelo India.

Athletes qualify for participating in Khelo India Games are selected based on their performances in School Games/University Games organized by the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) and All India University (AIU). With agency inputs

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96% athletes report to SAI NCOEs, resume training for Olympic 2024

Trainees, once inside the NCOE bio-bubble will not be allowed to leave the camps, owing to safety issues. Therefore, athletes were given the option of joining on Nov 1, 2020, or after Diwali.

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New Delhi: With sporting activities being resumed in SAI’s National Centre of Excellence (NCOE) across the country, for athletes training for 2024 Olympics, 96 per cent of trainees have already reported to their respective SAI NCOEs and Training centres in Aurangabad, Bhopal, Bangalore, Delhi, Lucknow, Rohtak and Sonepat. 

Earlier when training camps had begun to resume, athletes who had already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics had rejoined their respective NCOEs and STCs. Athletes who are joining the camps will be in mandatory quarantine and take the RT-PCR test. Some trainees could not join immediately and will be joining after Diwali. Trainees, once inside the NCOE bio-bubble will not be allowed to leave the camps, owing to safety issues. Therefore, athletes were given the option of joining on Nov 1, 2020, or after Diwali.

Speaking about this phase of resumption of sports, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said, “Our Tokyo-bound athletes are already training and I am happy that in this phase too so many athletes have also joined the camp. This shows that athletes have complete confidence in the SOP prepared by SAI to resume sporting activities and have therefore reported to training camps with great eagerness. The safety of our athletes is of primary importance and all measures will be taken to ensure they can train in a safe environment.”

With elaborate safety precautions in place, including colour coding and zoning of the centres to ensure that athletes do not come into contact with outsiders, all safety measures have been taken as per Health Ministry guidelines and the state health protocol to ensure that trainees have a safe environment to reside and train in.

Additionally, SAI authorities reached out to all athletes and their parents to apprise them about the Standard operating procedures (SOPs) that are in place which have to be followed prior to and after joining the SAI centres. Athletes and parents who have been contacted have been positive about the measures that are in place for themselves and their kin.

The Sports Authority of India has also made transport arrangements for the athletes to their NCOEs/SAI training centres. Athletes who have to travel beyond 500 km are provided with an air ticket while those who are stationed less than 500 km may travel by train in 3rd AC.

 

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Hockey players resume sports activities in Assam, Manipur

The players and the coaches of the state member unit are currently building towards their next domestic tournament – a test event in the first week of November.

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Guwahati: Hockey players in Assam and Manipur have resumed sports activities in accordance with the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) guidelines amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Assam, approximately 100 players have resumed limited sports activities. The players, who belong to the U-16 and U-19 age group, are focussing on basic drills and are slowly and steadily finding their feet back in the game, as per a Hockey India media release.

The players and the coaches of the state member unit are currently building towards their next domestic tournament – a test event in the first week of November. “We are delighted that our hockey players have resumed sports activities. Staying away from the pitch for a long time is difficult for any sportsperson and therefore we are ecstatic that we have found a way to resume sports activities by following the SOP and guidelines provided to us by Hockey India,” Tapan Kumar Das, General Secretary Assam Hockey said.

“We have to ensure that we don’t push our players too hard. They have to move forward steadily,” he added. In Manipur, around 150 players, who belong to the U-18 and U-20 categories, have resumed sports activities. The state is planning to conduct 21-days of coaching sessions at various registered districts of Manipur for the seamless resumption of sports activities across the state.

Basudev Singh, President Manipur Hockey, said, “We are extremely happy that sports activities have resumed in our state. We have been prepared for the restart of the sports activities for many months and therefore we are delighted that the players from Manipur have got a chance to make their way back to the field. We hope that the players get back to their full form as soon as possible.” With agency inputs

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Mary Kom an inspiration to women: Kiren Rijiju

Sports is a powerful medium to bring communities together, says Union Sports Minister

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New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday described Manipur’s world ace boxer MC Mary Kom an inspiration to women.

“In India there is the example of Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, who is such an inspiration to women, having won eight world championship medals and four times since becoming a mother,” said Rijiju, while participating the inaugural session of a two-day international webinar title: “Physical Education and Sport: The power to unite communities” organised jointly by the National Sports University, Manipur and Sports Authority of India’s Laxmibai National College of Physical Education (LNCPE) in Trivandrum.

Rijiju said, “Through sporting success, an area prospers, an entire community achieves much more. In India, there is an example of MC Mary Kom, who is such an inspiration to women. She is a big inspiration towards women that you can be successful after motherhood. Globally too we have sportspersons like Pele whose success went beyond Brazil and inspired the whole world. Jesse Owens is a big symbol of empowering an entire community. Sporting achievements show many things beyond sport.”

The Sports Minister also spoke about the importance of mass participation and the role of Fit India and Khelo India in helping India becoming a sporting powerhouse, “Sport and physical education is the same thing, PM Modi has given impetus to this movement, Khelo India on one side and Fit India on the other. Through Fit India, we want to create awareness that everyone should be fit. Fit India can make India a sporting powerhouse. We must ensure mass participation, once we are united in our objectives there is nothing that can stop India from reaching the top. Given the contribution of India’s population to global numbers, India becoming fit means the world becoming fit. With Khelo India, people from every nook and corner of the country can play.”

RC Mishra (IAS Retd.) Vice-Chancellor of the National Sports University and Professor Branislav Antala, Vice President, International Federation of Physical Education (FIEP), Slovakia were also part of the webinar.

Over the hour-long webinar, the speakers spoke about the importance of physical education in society and also how sports helps in uniting communities not just within the country but globally as well.

RC Mishra said, “Sports will lead to the sustainable growth of communities as well as helping people becoming fitter and healthier to avoid the risk of diseases. Sport is a sustainable development indicator and promotes peace and tolerance. Sport also promotes teamwork, fitness and discipline. World leaders use sport to promote peace and unity.”

Professor Branislav Antala said, “The Government of India has taken some very good initiatives like the online classes that have been conducted by SAI LNCPE since June. The initiative has been supported by 60 academics from around the world. I hope National Sports University will train many more people from India.”

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