|The Minister of State (I/C) for Youth
Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel said in the Rajya Sabha today that
the Government provides financial assistance, under the scheme of
“Assistance to National Sports Federations”, to the recognized National
Sports Federations (NSFs) for supporting girls/ women’s exposure,
training and participation at national/ international level. Similar
support is also provided to boys/ men.
In a written reply he said Sports Authority of India (SAI) is
implementing the following sports promotional schemes across the country
to identify talented sports persons including women in the age group of
8-25 years and nurture them to excel at National and International
• National Sports Talent Contest Scheme (NSTC)
• Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC)
• SAI Training Center (STC)
• Special Area Games (SAG)
• Extension Center Of STC/SAG
• Center Of Excellence (CoE)
• National Sports Academy (NSA)
In order to identify talented sports persons including prospective women
trainees in various sports disciplines, SAI has established 10 Regional
Centers and 02 Academic Institutions for imparting regular sports
training in 27 sports disciplines through its 289 SAI Sports Centers
spread across the country.
The sports person including women trainees identified and trained under
SAI schemes are provided with financial benefits in the form of services
of expert coaches, indoor and outdoor Playfields, Sports Equipment
(Consumable and Non-Consumable), Boarding & Lodging, Sports Kit,
Competition Exposure, Educational Expenses, Medical/Insurance and
Stipend as per the approved scheme norms.
Presently, 13684 talented sports persons identified and are being
trained under SAI Schemes across the country of which 4032 are women
trainees. However, state wise data is not maintained.