Sports Ministry to set up “Khelo India State Centres of Excellence”

Under the Sports Ministry’s flagship programme “Khelo India Scheme“, the ministry is going to set up Khelo India State Centres of Excellence (KISCE). To create a robust sporting ecosystem in the entire country, as well as to strengthen India’s pursuit for excellence in Olympics, one KISCE will be identified in each state and unionterritory (UT). In the first phase of setting up KISCE, sports ministry has identified state-owned sports facilities in eight states of India. These states are: Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Kerala, Telangana, Nagaland, Karnataka, and Odisha. The state-owned sports facilities in the above states will be upgraded into Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE).

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To upgrade the existing state-owned sports facilities in the above states into KISCE, ‘Viability Gap Funding’ would be extended by the government in sports science and technology support for sports disciplines practiced at the centre. It will also help in overcoming the shortage of sports equipment, expert coaches as well as high performance managers. The state and UT will be responsible to run the centre and build capacity to transform it into the world-class sporting facility.

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