He said under the Khelo India national school games would be organised from January 31 to February 8 next year for the under 17 age group. These school games will act as a springboard. He said for the first time a sports broadcaster will broadcast live the national school games.
Col.Rathore said that the top 1,000 athletes from this event will be entitled to Rs 5 lakh scholarships for eight years. He said that every year, his Ministry will keep adding 1,000 more athletes for creating a pool of young talent. He said School Games will be followed by College Games for under the age group of 21 years.
Sports Minister said, necessary attention would be given to training of coaches as well and athletes would be helped with national and international training. He said his ministry is working to create a Bank of Coaches in different disciplines of Sports., He said a provision is being made to recognise all the coaches in an athletes career who wins medal at international level. He said a provision has been made so that the amount given to the coaches of national athletes is shared by 20% by the grass root coach and 30% of it would go to the developmental coaches at academies.
The Minister expressed the hope that SAICON 2017 will promote scientific temperament in the country and inspire students, researchers and educationists alike to take up sports science and research to the next level. Organized by Sports Authority of India, the 3-day conference is being attended by about 1000 national and international delegates. Eminent Olympians Shri Gurbax Singh , Dr Paes, V. Bhaskaran, Shri Leander Paes, K. Malleshwari and Shri Yogeshwar Dutt were also present at the inaugural session of the conference.
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