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Revival of traditional games

New Delhi,02.11.2015::The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Sports is a State Subject and the Central Government only complements and supplements the efforts of the State Governments towards this end. Further, matters relating to individual sports disciplines are managed by the respective Sports Federations. Recognized National Sports Federations are provided assistance for conducting National Championships and International Tournaments in India, participation in International tournaments abroad, organizing coaching camps, procuring sports equipment, engagement of foreign coaches and disbursement of salaries of the paid Joint/Assistant Secretaries engaged by NSFs.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, in addition, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) an autonomous organization under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Department of Sports, is implementing a number of Sports Promotional Schemes to promote sports activities in the tribal and rural areas of the country, details of which are given in Annexure – I. School curriculum are decided by respective School Boards under State Governments and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) under Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).Sports
Sports Promotional Schemes of Sports Authority of India (SAI) to promote sports activities in the tribal and rural areas of the country
1. NATIONAL SPORTS TALENT CONTEST, (NSTC) SCHEME for spotting talented young children in the age group of 8-14 years from schools and nurturing them by providing scientific training. The following are the distinct sub-schemes of the NSTC Scheme:
(i)Regular Schools of NSTC Scheme
(ii)Indigenous Games & Martial Arts (IGMA)

Of the above sub-schemes, the IGMA aims at promoting indigenous games and martial arts which are traditional. The schools in rural and semi urban areas are chosen for scouting of talent in these games. Under the Akhara sub-scheme, akharas having minimum specified infrastructure such as a hall for wrestling/ hostel accommodation etc. are being adopted on the recommendations of the concerned State Government and Regional Director of SAI.


The main objective of the Scheme is to achieve excellence at international level by making use of good infrastructure and efficient administrative and disciplined environment of the Army. The Scheme is a joint venture of the Army and Sports Authority of India. Boys in the age group of 8-16 years of age are inducted under the Scheme. After attaining the required age of
17½ years, the trainees are enrolled in the Army.
The selection of trainees under the above scheme is done on potential and performance basis. Trainees who are medal winners in State/ National Level Competitions are automatically admitted into the Scheme subject to their age verification and being found medically fit. For selection of raw talent from remote, tribal & coastal areas, the trainees are also selected by organizing competitions among participants. Under this criterion, for both team as well as individual games, the participants are made to play and selection done by a Selection Committee consisting of representatives of SAI, Army & SMC coaches.
Special Area Games (SAG) Scheme aims at scouting natural talent for modern competitive sports and games from inaccessible tribal, rural and coastal areas of the country and nurturing them scientifically for achieving excellence in them. Under this Scheme, Centres are started in consultation with the State Governments/ UT Administration with infrastructure like playing fields, indoor halls equipment support/ coaches etc. entirely funded by SAI/ Ministry. The Scheme also envisages tapping of talent from indigenous games and martial arts and also from regions/ communities, which are either genetically or geographically advantageous for excellence in a particular sports discipline. The main objective of the Scheme is to train meritorious sports persons in the age group of 12-18 years, with age being relaxed in exceptional cases.

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