The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Jitendra Singh has said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports provides financial assistance to National Sports Federations(NSFs) under its Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations towards participation of Indian sportspersons in international tournaments abroad, conduct of national championships and international tournaments in India, organizing coaching camps, engagement of foreign coaches, procurement of sports equipments, etc.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Singh said, in terms of provisions of the said Scheme, expenditure towards boarding & lodging, travel, out of pocket allowance, etc. of the sportspersons participating in international sports events abroad and national championships is met out of the grants given by the Ministry to NSFs.
He said, training and coaching of sportspersons identified for nurturing and grooming for excellence in sports at national and international level under various schemes of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) such as National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC) Scheme, Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC) Scheme, SAI Training Centres (STC) Scheme, Special Area Games (SAG) Scheme and Centres of Excellence (CoE) Scheme is done at SAI centres, which have state-of-the-art sports facilities. Further, national coaching camps are organized for national level athletes at SAI and non-SAI venues having state-of-the–art facilities, prior to their participation in international sports events.
Shri Singh said, the Ministry doesn’t provide assistance to sportspersons participating in district level competitions organized by sports federations. Grants are provided to States/UTs under the Panchayat Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) to organize district level rural competitions. Details of grants released to National Sports Federations under the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations during the last three years and the current year are given in the Annexure.