'Sports Min training total 14,669 sportspersons; 8,701 are residential trainees': Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi: The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports provides for training to identified talented sportspersons in the age group of 8-25 years, said the Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, today, adding that at present 14,669 sportspersons are receiving training under various schemes of the Ministry. Out of these, 8,701 sportspersons are receiving full time residential training.

Trainees are provided assistance in the form of coaching, sports equipment, boarding, lodging, sports kit, competition exposure, educational expenses, medical & insurance, and stipend as per the scheme norms.

Running of coaching at training centres & academies is an ongoing activity. Presently, total 2,179 sportspersons (1,432 Boys & 747 Girls) are being trained at 32 centres in the North Eastern Region. Eligibility criteria for selection of sportspersons for regular training under various schemes are in public domain and available at SAI website and Khelo India website.

Residential trainee athletes undergo regular sports coaching and training in the morning and evening sessions under the expert guidance of coaches. Trainee athletes are encouraged to continue their studies by seeking admission in nearby schools, colleges or distant education programs, choice of which is left to the athlete.

Number of athletes in residential training facilities depends upon merit-cum-choice of the identified potential talent. All identified talented potential under Talent Search and Development vertical of Khelo India Scheme have exercised their options for residential training or otherwise.

This Information was given by the Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.


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