Sports – National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) Schemes
Indian sportspersons put up commendable performance in Commonwealth Games 2014 held at Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August, 2014, Asian Games 2014 held at Incheon (South Korea) from 19th September to 4th October 2014 and Para-Asian Games 2014 held at Incheon (South Korea) from 18th -24th October 2014. India won 64 medals (15 Gold, 30 Silver and 19 Bronze) in Commonwealth Games 2014 and was placed at 5th position in medals tally. India won 57 medals (11 Gold, 10 Silver and 36 Bronze) in Asian Games 2014 and was placed at 8th position in medals tally. India won 33 medals (3 Gold, 14 Silver and 16 Bronze) in Para-Asian Games and was placed at 15th position in medals tally.
This became possible because of intensive coaching and training within the country and abroad, backed up with scientific support and competition exposures provided by the Ministry and the Sports Authority of India to the sportspersons and teams identified for participation in these tournaments.
Medal winners of Commonwealth Games 2014, Asian Games 2014 and Para-Asian Gams 2014 were felicitated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports and given cheques towards cash prizes worth Rs. 22.29 crore. Rs 20 lakhs each was given to Gold Medallists, Rs 10 lakhs to Silver Medallists and Rs 6 lakhs to Bronze Medallists.
National Sports Development Fund Scheme
The following Schemes have been formulated under the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) as part of promotion of sports and games:
NSDF Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme
‘NSDF Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme’ has been formulated with the objective of identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. Focused disciplines will be Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Wrestling, Weightlifting and Shooting. The selected athletes will be provided financial assistance for their customized training at Institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support. Benchmarks for selection of athletes under the scheme will be with reference to international standards. There will be annual/ semi-annual review of performance of selected athletes.
Two committees namely TOP Scheme Elite Athletes Identification Committee and TOP Scheme Operating Committee have been constituted comprising of eminent sportspersons and sports administrators.
Initially, the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) will provide fund for the operation of the Scheme. Partnership with and involvement of Corporate Sector is expected for the successful operation of the Scheme.
The TOP Scheme Elite Athletes Identification Committee, after fixing norms and extensive consultations with the National Sports Federations/National Coaches of the focussed disciplines, has identified 75 athletes for support under the Scheme. Action has been initiated to complete necessary legal and other procedures for implementation of the programme to support the selected athletes.
- NSDF Prize Money Tournament Circuit
The objective of the ‘NSDF Prize Money Tournament Circuit’ is to promote competitions leading to improved quality and performance, to strengthen the sport and enlarge the bench strength, to give strong motivation to athletes to strive for excellence and also to provide opportunities to the young potential athletes to compete with or watch the performance of top level athletes in the concerned disciplines. It has been decided to organize Prize Money Tournament Circuit initially in 3 sports disciplines, namely, Boxing, Wrestling and Archery.
The tournament will be open to different categories for Men and Women at senior and junior levels. The categories in each discipline will be decided on the basis of the categories approved for Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympics. Normally, the performance in major national and international events as well as rankings will be the yardstick for selection of participants.
General guidelines have been issued for the conduct of the tournaments; also Organizing Committees have been constituted for the purpose. Initially, the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) will provide fund for the operation of the scheme. Partnership with and involvement of Corporate Sector is expected for the successful operation of the Scheme.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan Scheme (RGKA)
Empanelment of 5 Central PSUs for construction of Indoor Sports Hall at block level in different States has been done. Guidelines for Conduct of Sports Competitions and Operational Guidelines on Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) have been sent to all the States and UTs. A template for construction of sports complex has been shared with the States.
Under the scheme, a sports complex will be constructed in each block in the entire country, both for outdoor and indoor sports disciplines at a total cost of Rs. 1.60 crores (Rs. 80 lakh each for outdoor playfield and indoor sports hall). Land measuring about 6-7 acres will be identified in each block. All the 6545 blocks in 634 districts will be covered in a phased manner over a period of 5 years @ 20% blocks in each financial year.
Funds for construction of the block level sports complex will be converged from different schemes such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA); Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF); Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR-Central); Additional Central Assistance (ACA) for the Left Wing Extremism (LWE)- affected districts, with RGKA.
Junior Sports Academies (JSA) and National Sports Academies (NSA)
For implementation of the announcement made in Finance Minister’s Budget Speech 2014-15 regarding setting up of national level Sports Academies for major games in different parts of the country to mainstream sports and setting up academies for junior and sub-junior level also, the Department of Sports is preparing a Scheme for setting up of Junior Sports Academies and National Sports Academies.
Salient features of the proposed academies are as under:
Junior Sports Academies
- Provide high quality coaching for sporting talent identified at Sub-junior and Junior levels in identified priority sports disciplines.
- Provide an organized and competitive environment by encouraging participation in different sports competitions.
- Create minimum bench strength in identified sports disciplines per annum to form a pool for talent identification for the National Sports Academies (High Performance Centres / Centres of Excellence) and also national camps.
National Sports Academies (NSA)
Create minimum bench strength of 100-150 elite athletes @ minimum 10 sportspersons per event in any sports discipline.
Provide opportunities for skill development of elite athletes in sports coaching for specific sports disciplines of different levels in collaboration/affiliation with respective National Sports Federations(NSFs)/International Sports Federations(ISFs).
Utilise services of sporting idols / achievers to encourage increased participation in specific identified sports disciplines.
Develop the club / league culture in specific identified sports disciplines in the country.
The Roadmap in this regard is as follows:
- The JSA in Athletics, Gymnastics and Swimming will be set up in 10 – 15 locations in the country with a total annual intake of about 1000 – 1500 athletes in the age group of 8 years pursuing class 1 – 3. There will be 100 – 110 athletes at each location.
- The JSA in other sports disciplines will be located in 3 – 7 locations with a total intake of 400 – 720 athletes per annum in the age group of 11 – 12 years pursuing Class VI.
- Induction in the Academies will be through a nationwide National Sports Talent Search mechanism involving a battery of tests at school, block, district and state level under National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS).
- The number of athletes inducted will be reduced on an average by about 10% per annum through rigorous annual testing as per standard criteria under respective sports disciplines.
- The annual filtration will start from the completion of 2nd / 3rd year in the JSA, depending on the sports discipline. At the same time, the shortfall will be met through lateral entry of suitable athletes selected through a detailed selection procedure.
- The total no. of athletes per JSA should be about 700 over a period of 7 years.
- In addition, about 100 elite athletes who have earned medals at state level but could not make it to NSA / National Camps are expected to be trained for periods varying from 1 – 3 months at each JSA.
- The total cost of setting up and running one JSA would be around Rs. 70.00 crores (non – recurring) and the recurring cost per annum will be Rs. 18.50 crores.
- The total cost of setting up and running one NSA would be around Rs. 70.00 Crores (non – recurring) and the recurring cost per annum will be Rs. 18.50 crores.
National Sports University at Manipur
Finance Minister has in his Budget Speech for 2014-15 announced setting up of a Sports University in Manipur and budgetary provision of Rs. 100 crore was made in the Budget of 2014-15 for establishment of National Sports University, Manipur.
National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS)
A new Scheme National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) is under formulation. In the Budget 2014-15, a provision of Rs. 50 crore has been made for NSTSS.
Salient features of the proposed Scheme are as under:
- Identification of Sporting Talent amongst children (both Boys and Girls) in the age group of 8-12 in Schools all over the country by conducting a battery of 6 tests at each selection level in each School of a block.
- 4 boys and 4 girls securing the total highest marks will be shortlisted from each school for block level tests.
- 16 boys and 16 girls securing the highest total marks in the Block level tests will be shortlisted for the District level tests.
- The total marks obtained in the District level tests by each of these 32 students per block will be compiled and a common merit list prepared.
- Out of this combined merit list, the top 1000 boys and 1000 girls from different districts securing the highest total marks will be shortlisted from each state.
- Admission in the State sports schools/Central Sports Schools/Junior Sports Academies/State Sports Academies/State Sports Hostels etc., and benefit under various other state sports schemes will be based on this list of boys and girls having sports talent/potential and identified through the NSTSS.
- Besides, high performing candidates of 8-12 age group in RGKA Rural Competitions will also be eligible for admission in the State Sports Schools etc., mentioned above.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports is proposing to implement the above announcement on priority basis. In this connection letters were sent to Secretaries of Youth Affairs & sports of the concerned States and to the counsellors in charge of Cultural Activities in the Embassies of Nepal and Bhutan requesting them to forward the names of traditional sports which are popular and played by the masses in their States/Countries and can be included in the proposed sports event.