The Minister of State (Independent
Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Jitendra Singh has said that details
of sports promotional schemes of Sports Authority of India (SAI) are as
Under the “National Sports Talent
Contest Scheme (NSTC)”, children in the age group
of 8 to 14
years are trained in indigenous games & martial arts;
Under the “Army
Boys Sports Company Scheme (ABSC)”,
children in the age group of 8 to 16 are imparted training in 13 sports
SAI’s Training Centres(STC):
There are 58 STC residential training Centres across
the country and the children in the age group of 12 to 18 are imparted training
in 28 sports disciplines.
Under the “Scheme of Special Area Games(SAG)”, children in the age
group of 12 to 18 years from inaccessible tribal, rural and coastal areas of the
country are imparted training in modern competitive sports on both residential
and non-residential basis. There are 20 SAG Centres
across the country.
Under the “Centre
of Excellence (COE)”, trainees in the age group of 12 to 25 and above
are imparted training. Under the COE, those sportspersons who have shown performance at National level
competitions are trained for preparing national
teams for international mega events like Olympic, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, etc.
The “Come and
Play Scheme” was introduced in 2011-12 for spotting and nurturing talent in the
age group of 8-17 years in the SAI’s stadia in Delhi and its
in different parts of the country in all popular Sports disciplines like
Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Fencing, Football,
Gymnastics, Handball, Judo, Kabaddi, Lawn Tennis,
Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwando & Wrestling.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri
Jitendra Singh said, scheme-wise details of number of
medals won by SAI’s trainees at national and international tournaments/games
during 2009-10 to 2011-12 are given in Annexure.
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