Schemes for Sports Development
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports- (MYAS) is responsible - to determine the eligibility conditions for recognition of National Sports Foundations (NSFs), to determine scale of assistance to NSFs and to lay down conditionalties which NSFs will have to fulfill if they wish to avail themselves of Government support.
However, National Sports Federations are fully responsible and accountable for the overall management, direction, control, regulation, promotion, development and sponsorship of the discipline for which they are recognized by the concerned International Federation. They are expected to discharge these responsibilities in consonance with the principles laid down in the Olympic Charter or in the charter of the Indian Olympic Association.
The different initiatives taken for development of sports are:
1. Khelo India:
It has been formed after merger of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan(RGKA), Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS) and National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS).
Objective of Scheme
a) Mass participation of youth in annual sports competitions through a structured competition;
b) Identification of talent
c) Guidance and nurturing of the talent through existing sports academies and new set up either by the central Government or State Government or in PPP mode.
d) Creation of Sports Infrastructure at mofussil, Tehsil, District, State levels, etc.
2. National Sports Development Fund
• The National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) was instituted by the Central Government with a view to mobilizing resources from the Government as well as non-governmental sources, including the private/corporate sector and non-resident Indians, for promotion of sports and games in the country.
• To make contributions to the fund attractive, 100 per cent exemption from income tax is available on all contributions.
• Further, Government contribution is on matching basis to the contributions received from other sources.
3. Scheme for Promotion of Sports among Persons with Disabilities
The Ministry formulated a scheme for promotion of sports and games among disabled during 2009.
The Scheme of Sports and Games for the Disabled has the following components:-
(i) Grant for sports coaching and purchase of consumables and non-consumable sports equipment for Schools;
(ii) grant for Training of Coaches; and
(iii) grant for holding District, State and National level competitions for the disabled.
The successful implementation of the Scheme will go a long way in integration of the disabled in the mainstream of the society.
4. Scheme of Assistance for Anti-Doping Activities
Doping is the deliberate or inadvertent use by sportspersons of a substance or method banned by Medical Commission of International Olympic Committee/ World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) in pursuit of gold and glory. The Government of India became one of the members of the Foundation Board of WADA constituted for ensuring concerted effort to check doping.
At national level the following institutions works in the area of anti-doping.