Sarusajai Sports Complex, Guwahati has been approved by the Ministry of Sports to be upgraded into Khelo India Centre of Excellence (KISCE). Sports Ministry upgrades six centres to Centre of Excellence, sanctions ₹67.32 crores as financial support and Sarusajai Sports Complex, Guwahati is one of them.

The Union Sports Ministry has approved six centres as the Khelo India Centre of Excellence (KISCE) including three centres in Assam, Meghalaya and Sikkim which will be upgraded at a consolidated budget estimate of Rs 67.32 crore for 2020-21 and subsequent four years in an effort to identify and groom Olympic level talent.

The centre in State Sports Academy in Guwahati’s Sarusajai will be allocated Rs 7.96, while, financial support of rupees 8.39 crores will be extended to JNS Complex in Shillong and Rs. 7.91 crore in Paljor Stadium of Gangtok.

The other centres have been identified in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Daman and Diu.

Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju wrote on his official Twitter handle, “6 more centers approved and amount sanctioned to be developed as Khelo India Center of Excellence.

1. Assam: States Sports Academy, Sarusajai – Rs 7.96 crore
2. Meghalaya: J N S Complex, Shillong, Meghalaya – Rs 8.39 crore
3. Daman & Diu: New Sports Complex Silvassa – Rs 8.05 crore
4. Madhya Pradesh: MP State Academy- Rs 19 crore
5. Maharashtra: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune- Rs 16 crore
6. Sikkim: Paljor Stadium, Gangtok – Rs 7.91 crore”

 

“Creating centers of sporting excellence across the country is a step towards our vision of making India one of the top 10 countries in Olympics 2028. Unless we can provide world-class specialized training, we cannot expect athletes to excel at the Olympics,” Rijiju said in an official statement.

As per Ministry, Each KISCE will be extended with sports-specific support in 14 Olympic sports, out of which one state or UT will be given support for a maximum of three sports.

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