The Sports Authority of India has cleared the names of 734 players for the scholarship programme under Khelo India Talent Identification Development scheme for development of sports in the country. It said the scholarship program is designed to take care of the expenses of the players. Selected players will be eligible for an annual stipend of Rs. 1.2 lakhs on a quarterly basis to meet their out of pocket expenses, treating injuries and even smaller elements like local travel.
Various private, State and SAI academies have been accredited along with 21 non-SAI academies.
The plan is to develop more such academies so that young athletes can get access to the best training. The accredited academies will look after the training, boarding and tournament expenses of the athletes.
The academies will be divided into three categories and to encourage excellence, there will be a gap analysis which will provide these academies with opportunity for upgrade.
For the 1st time ever, various private, state & Sports Authority of India academies and 21 non SAI academies have been accredited.
The accredited academies will give access to best support & skill training facilities without having athletes to travel long distances for it!
— Khelo India (@kheloindia) July 22, 2018
There will also be a strong review mechanism for academies on a periodical basis. Academies that do not maintain desired standards and fulfil the performance criteria might be delisted.
Athletes, not complying with the requisite standards, can also be weeded out from the academies.