Sports Min: Rs 1,756 Cr to support 2,741 athletes in 24 sports under Khelo India Program

New Delhi: Under the aegis of the ‘Khelo India’ programme, the 1st Khelo India School Games (KISG) 2018 were conducted in 2018 at New Delhi with the participation of 3,507 athletes. The 2nd edition, Khelo India Youth Games 2019, were conducted in Pune with participation of 5,925 athletes. Competitions for mentally challenged athletes were also organized through Special Olympic Bharat in 2018.

The Khelo India scheme in its present form started in October 2017, with a total budget allocation of Rs. 1,756 crore. Under this scheme, State wise budget allocation is not made and projects are sanctioned based on their viability. Funds are released project wise.

Rajasthan has the highest number with 38 sanctioned projects, followed by Uttar Pradesh with 25 projects, and Arunachal Pradesh with 19 projects.

As for funds sanctioned, however, Uttar Pradesh has the highest amount with Rs 165.8 crore, followed by Arunachal Pradesh with Rs 149 crore, and Delhi with Rs 110.61 crore.

A total of 2,741 young athletes in 24 sports disciplines (including Para sports) have been identified under the Talent Search and Development vertical of Khelo India Scheme.

Out of 2,741 identified athletes, 1,388 athletes opted for residential or day-boarding training at accredited academies under Khelo India. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports bears the full expenditure of these athletes.

Remaining athletes opted for training with their own arrangement and are being given maximum Out of Pocket Allowances of Rs. 10,000.

Out of the 1,388 residential and day-boarding athletes, Haryana has the highest number with 240 athletes, followed by Maharashtra with 137 athletes, and Punjab with 112 athletes.

Out of the 1,353 non-residential athletes, Maharashtra has the highest number with 228 athletes, followed by Haryana with 155 athletes, and Delhi with 119 athletes.

The existing 46 Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centres (STCs) are being supported under ‘State Level Khelo India Centre (SLKIC)’ vertical of Khelo India scheme. An amount of Rs. 156.83 crore has been provided to various National, Regional, and State sports academies under Khelo India Scheme.

Indigenous sports such as Kho Kho, Kabaddi, Mallakhamb, Kalaripayattu, Gatka and Thang-Ta are being supported by the Ministry of Youth Affair & Sports.

Last year 23 sports events were held in rural and indigenous games at 23 different locations across the country as part of the ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ programme.

In these events about 1,500 players participated. These disciplines included Sqay, Kho-Kho, Kalaripayattu, Mallakhamb and Roll Ball.

Under the Fit India Movement, all State and UT Governments have been advised to encourage all schools to provide for regular sports, including a local or indigenous game, by all students.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Sports & Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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