Sports Authority of India



Sports nowadays is a fundamental part of the overall development of an individual's personality and attaining excellence in sports brings great national esteem and morale. In order to meet the increasing demands and changing scenarios, Government of India has set up The Sports Authority of India (SAI) to implement programs that would promote brilliance in the field of sports. Sports Authority of India nurtures and supports different talents, providing them with necessary sports equipment, coaching facilities, competition exposure and supportive infrastructure.

Post independence, the National Institute of Sports (NIS) was started for the growth and improvement of sports at the Motibagh Palace grounds, Patiala on May 7, 1961. It was later renamed as Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS) in 1973. The Sports Authority of India was formed in January 25, 1984 to promote sports all over the country and was recognized as a registered society. Currently, it has regional centers at Bangalore, Gandhinagar, Bhopal, Kolkata, Delhi, Sonepat, Imphal and Mumbai, along with two sub-centres at Aurangabad and Guwahati, and a High Altitude Training Centre at Shillaroo in Himachal Pradesh

The Society for National Institute of Physical Education and Sports (SNIPES) was combined with SAI and consequently, the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS), Patiala and its associated centers came under the Sports Authority of India on May 1, 1987. The chief institutes administered by SAI are the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports at Patiala and the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education at Thiruvananthapuram. These academic wings provide Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors and Masters Courses in physical education, sports and sports medicine. Regular and Part-time PhD Programmes are also provided here. The Sports Authority of India also conducts different activities and proposals to encourage sports in India.

The Sports Authority of India is a general body of 42 members headed by the honorable Prime Minister of India. The governing body of 27 members is headed by the Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports and is assisted in assessment of financial schemes by the Finance Committee. The Principal Executive Officer to the Society is the Director General. The Sport Authority of India Aims to scout talent from micro level and nourish it towards excellence with national and international level training and exposure. SAI aims to support its talent with sports and training equipment and provide scientific personnel to monitor and enhance their performance with a scientific evaluation training system. It also provides proper sports infrastructure improvement & maintenance.

Last Updated on 7/20/2012



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