Khelo India scheme gets big hike in allocation of funds, at the expense of Sports Authority of India (SAI), Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore defends decision saying it will change the sports scenario in India. Mr. Rathore says India has the potential to produce 100 Usain Bolts if the country’s sports culture undergoes transformation.
“This marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, as the programme aims at mainstreaming sports as a tool for individual, community, economic and national development,” he said adding the revamped Khelo India Programme would impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy,” said Mr. Rathore.
Khelo India is a Sports Scholarship scheme, where 1,000 most talented young athletes across select sports disciplines will receive an annual scholarship of Rs 5 lakh for 8 consecutive years.
Khelo India is not only about winning medals. It is an effort to give strength to a mass movement for playing more. We want to focus on every aspect that would make sports more popular across the nation: PM @narendramodi https://t.co/yIPKy8QcqD
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 31, 2018