17th Sep 2020 12:09:AM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

Itanagar, Sep 16: The Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) here in the state capital will be upgraded to a Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) under Sports Authority of India's flagship talent identification and nurturing programme Khelo India.
SLSA is one of the first eight KISCEs to get this upgradation which will be made with a total budget of Rs 11 cores in the coming four years. Speaking about the decision of setting up the KISCEs, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said “The Khelo India State Centres of Excellence is yet another step towards building a robust sports ecosystem on one hand and India's pursuit of excellence in Olympics on the other. These state-of-the-art centres will ensure athletes proficient in a certain sport be given the highest level of training and the centres become the best facilities in the country to train athletes in priority sports for which they have been earmarked. I am confident this step will help to further India's effort of becoming one of the top 10 countries in Olympics 2028.”
The Union Sports Ministry is upgrading the existing sporting infrastructure in each state and UT in partnership with them. Each KISCE will be extended sports-specific support in 14 Olympic sports, of which a state/UT will be given support for a maximum of 3 sports. In the first leg, 8 KISCEs have been identified and besides SLSA the others will be set up in Mizoram, Telangana, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha, Karnataka and Kerala.  Setting up of the KISCEs will help in building a wider talent identification mechanism since the states/UTs will also identify and develop talents in the specific sport for which funding is received. As a joint partnership, SAI will provide financial support in various avenues like sports science back-up, engagement of coaches and support staff and procurement of sports equipment among others. The state/UT will be responsible for lodging, boarding, regular maintenance, infrastructure upgradation and overall management of the KISCE and wherever required, SAI will provide  technical expertise and assistance while putting in place a regular monitoring mechanism to ensure athletes are trained at par with international standards.
As a part of this upgradation, SLSA will be getting a sports science centre, quality coaches, physiotherapists, strength and conditioning experts, high-quality equipment and a high-performance manager. PIB Itanagar

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