New Delhi : Preparation of Indian sportspersons/teams for international events is an ongoing process. In order to improve India’s performance in international sports events including Olympics, Asian Games and world Championships, a number of schemes are being implemented by the Government which aim at talent search and development, competitive exposure, coaching/training.
This Information was given by the Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.
The Central Government is playing a pivotal role for promoting high performance in sports. Under the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs) financial assistance is provided for conduct of National Championships, conduct of international tournaments in India, participation of sportspersons in international sports competitions, organizing coaching camps, engagement of foreign coaches, and procurement of sports equipments etc. Under the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) financial assistance is provided for customized training of elite athletes included in Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme. Under TOPS, the Government is extending all requisite support to probable athletes identified for the 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games including foreign training, international competition, equipment, services of support staff/personnel like Physical Trainer, Sports Psychologist, Mental Trainer and Physiotherapist besides out of pocket allowance of Rs. 50,000/- per month.
Following sports disciplines have been identified for focus for Olympic Games 2024 and Olympic Games 2028: