The First International
Conference on Sports Medicine and Sports Sciences SAICON 2017 was
inaugurated here today by the Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs and
Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore. Speaking on the occasion he said India
has made significant progress in Sports by winning medals in many
international events and standing behind each athlete is an expert team
of coaches, physiologists, doctors, scientists and technical staff who
aided in journey of this success of Indian players. Col. Rathore said
Sports Science and Sports medicine has increasingly becoming important
as it plays an integral role in improving the performance of the
sportspersons and also in facilitating rehabilitation and recovery. He
said, sports medicine doctors and scientists contribute significantly to
athletes’’ performance as they provide an edge to their talent and
skills. He said contribution of Sports Science will become important
under the Khelo India Programme launched by his ministry. He said in
accordance with the intentions of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of
empowering youths, ‘Khelo India' programme has been chalked out to tap
talent at the school and college level.
He said under the Khelo India national school games would be organised
from January 31 to February 8 next year for the under 17 age group.
These school games will act as a springboard. He said for the first time
a sports broadcaster will broadcast live the national school games.
Col.Rathore said that the top 1,000 athletes from this event will be
entitled to Rs 5 lakh scholarships for eight years. He said that every
year, his Ministry will keep adding 1,000 more athletes for creating a
pool of young talent. He said School Games will be followed by College
Games for under the age group of 21 years.
Sports Minister said, necessary attention would be given to training of
coaches as well and athletes would be helped with national and
international training. He said his ministry is working to create a Bank
of Coaches in different disciplines of Sports., He said a provision is
being made to recognise all the coaches in an athlete’s career who wins
medal at international level. He said a provision has been made so that
the amount given to the coaches of national athletes is shared by 20% by
the grass root coach and 30% of it would go to the developmental coaches
The Minister expressed the hope that SAICON 2017 will promote scientific
temperament in the country and inspire students, researchers and
educationists alike to take up sports science and research to the next
level. Organized by Sports Authority of India, the 3-day conference is
being attended by about 1000 national and international delegates.
Eminent Olympians Shri Gurbax Singh , Dr Paes, V. Bhaskaran, Shri
Leander Paes, K. Malleshwari and Shri Yogeshwar Dutt were also present
at the inaugural session of the conference.