Aiming to help athletes to achieve their goals, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has cleared 734 athletes for a scholarship programme under Khelo India Talent Identification Development scheme, through which they will get training at government-accredited residential academies. An annual stipend of Rs 1.2 lakh will be given to each player on a quarterly basis to meet their out of pocket expenses, treatment of injuries and other expenses. The athletes will be put up at various Khelo India accredited academies which will take care of the training, boarding and tournament expenses of the athletes.
A release from the Sports Ministry said, “For the first time ever, in order to create a strong ecosystem for nurturing talent, various private, state and SAI academies have been accredited. A High Powered Committee accredited 21 non-SAI academies as well. The plan is to develop more such academies so that young athletes can get access to the best training without having to travel long distances.” A Talent Identification Committee (TIC) was formed comprising Arjuna awardees and Dronacharya awardees to short list and propose the names of the beneficiaries to the High Powered Committee, which cleared the athletes after due diligence.
It said that the talent spotting and age verification of the selected players has been done using scientific and trusted method through TW3. “The High Powered Committee also decided that a strong performance management system would be in place and performance be rewarded. If athletes are not fulfilling this criterion and coming up to the requisite standards, they may be weeded out from the academies.