The Union Sports Ministry will set up 20 National Centres of Excellence (NCE), on the way to have the distinction of getting a unmarried scheme running in them for elite athletes. The pass is aimed toward ending differentiation in training and different centers among athletes in the equal campus.
According to Sports Authority of India, every Centre of Excellence may be earmarked for four to six precise sports, depending on the infrastructure available and could educate athletes inside the developmental institution for the 2024 Olympics.
The scheme will make certain that athletes in the same premises have get right of entry to to similar facilities. The decision comes only some months after it turned into introduced that the budget for the diet of athletes may be made same, no matter the level at which the athlete is education.
While the National Center of Excellence can be reserved for athletes schooling for Olympics, grassroots degree athletes will be trained at other SAI facilities and moved to NCE relying on performance and possibility of an Olympic medal. The two-tier training system will make certain that at both tiers athletes get focused schooling.
The 20 SAI facilities that have been diagnosed as National Centre of Excellence include, SAI centres in Patiala, Trivandrum, Chandigarh, Sonepat, Lucknow, Guwahati, Imphal, Kolkata, Bhopal, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Gandhinagar, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi, Indira Gandhi Stadium, Delhi, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi, Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, Delhi, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookherjee Swimming Pool Complex, Delhi, National Water Sports Academy (Khelo India), Alleppey, National Boxing Academy (Khelo India), Rohtak, National Wrestling Academy (Khelo India), Aurangabad.
On the decision, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju stated, “Standardising the training on campus will allow athletes to reap tons better performances of their respective sport. When athletes of the equal level educate at a centre and the facilities are made solely to be had to them, they may educate higher and outcomes will display. We are working in close co-ordination with NSFs to ensure a clean transition of our current facilities into National Centre of Excellence and to identify more centres.”