Performance in International Sports Events




Performance in International Sports Events



The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the details of achievements of sportspersons and teams of the country in terms of medals won, sports discipline-wise, in Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 and Incheon Asian Games 2014 are given in Annexure. Sportspersons from the country did not win any medal in FIG Artistic Gymnastics, 45th World Championship held in Nanning, China from 3rd to 12th October 2014.


In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, the review of performance of the sportspersons and teams of the country in international sports events by the Government as well as National Sports Federations is an ongoing exercise, Coaching camps, customized training within the country and abroad with scientific back-up, competition exposures and engagement of foreign coaches are planned accordingly for improving the performance of Indian sportspersons and teams in international sports events including forthcoming Rio Olympic Games 2016.

            The Minister further said, in order to support India’s best medal prospects for 2016 and 2020 Olympics and other major sporting events up to 2020 Olympics, the Ministry has started a “Target Olympic Podium Scheme” (TOP Scheme) promoted by the National Sports Development Fund. An Elite Athletes Identification Committee has been set up under the chairpersonship of Shri Anurag Thakur, Member of Parliament and having Shri Rahul Dravid, Shri Pullella Gopichand, Shri Abhinav Bindra and Ms. Manisha Malhotra as members among others to evaluate and select talented potential medal prospects for 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games for support under the TOP Scheme; Focused disciplines will be Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Wrestling and Shooting.

Shri Sonowal said, to improve the performance of Indian sportsperson/ teams in International Level Sports competitions including forthcoming Olympic Games, reputed Indian/ foreign coaches/ experts have already been appointed/ engaged as per the specific requirements. At present, 19 foreign coaches in 10 disciplines are engaged. Discipline-wise break-up of foreign coaches engaged is as under:

Archery-1, Atheletics-3, Badminton-1, Boxing-2, Hockey-1, Kayaking & Canoeing-1, Shooting-5, Squash-1, Wrestling-3 and Yachting-1.


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Transparency in Sports Associations

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Government has formulated the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011 (NSDCI), which inter-alia, contains instructions for ushering good governance and transparency in the functioning of the National Sports Federations (NSFs) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). These instructions were challenged by the IOA in the Delhi High Court vide WP No.2310/2012 in which the authority/powers of the Government to frame such instructions were also questioned. The Division Bench of Delhi High Court passed an elaborate order on 9.5.14 upholding the authority of the Union Government to lay down instructions/laws for the sports bodies and dismissed the WP filed by the IOA. As these provisions were upheld by Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in its order dated 9.5.14, these are binding on all NSFs. Since sports is a State subject, suitable instructions/law need to be promulgated by the State Governments as well to enforce the provisions of the NSDCI in order to bring about good governance and transparency in the functioning of all the State and District-level Associations. This step is considered necessary for raising the level of sports in the country. Therefore, all the State and Union Territory Governments have been requested to take immediate steps to promote good governance and transparency in the functioning of State and District-level Associations by issuing suitable instructions or by framing appropriate legislations. It is for the Government of States/Union Territories to take action in the matter.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, NSFs are autonomous bodies registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860. The Government does not interfere in their day to day affairs. In order to bring in transparency and good governance in sports bodies, the Government has issued guidelines which, inter-alia, provide for inclusion of sportspersons in their executive bodies with voting rights. These guidelines are contained in the NSDCI. Some of the major features of NSDCI are as under :

i. The President of any recognized NSFs, including the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) can hold the office for a maximum period of twelve years with or without break.

ii. The Secretary (or by whatever other designation such as Secretary General or General Secretary by which he is referred to) and the Treasurer of any recognized NSF, including the IOA, may serve a maximum of two successive terms of four years each after which a minimum cooling off period of four years will apply to seek fresh election to either post.

iii. The President, the Secretary and the Treasurer of any recognized NSF, including the IOA, shall cease to hold that post on attaining the age of 70 years.

The Minister said, Government has taken a number of steps to ensure that all NSFs function in a transparent manner. Instructions have been issued for prevention of sexual harassment of women athletes, transparency in selection of players, prevention of age fraud etc. Instructions have also been issued to all the major NSFs to place on their website, various details of the international events held in India and abroad such as notification of selection criteria for such events well in advance along with the details of time and venue for selection, list of core probables and basis of their selection, details of coaching camps organized including venue, dates and list of participants, list of the athletes selected, performance criteria which formed the basis of selection, actual performance in terms of timing, distance, etc. and the position obtained by each athlete/team etc. These instructions have also been made an integral part of the National Sports Development Code of India. Government does not deal with State and District-level sports bodies, Shri Sonowal added.

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Setting up of NYKs



The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that at present 623 Kendras of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) are functioning in the country. State/Union Territory wise and location wise details of all such Kendras is at Annexure-1.  No proposal for setting up more Kendras has been received from State Governments.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, NYKS every year undertakes a set of programmes relating to Youth Club Development, Capacity Building of Youth, Skill Development and Programmes for Awareness Generation and Promotion of National Integration. During the last three years and current year, these programmes have  contributed towards strengthening of existing Youth Clubs network of   NYKS and  empowering youth for their  participation at grass root level in nation building activities. 

Core Programmes of all Nehru Yuva Kendras(NYKs)

1.     Youth Club Development Programme
2.     Scheme of Mentor Youth Club
3.     Youth Club Exchange Programme
4.     Training on Youth Leadership and Community Development (TYLCD)
5.     Theme Based Awareness and Education Programme
6.     Promotion of Sports (Sports material to Youth Clubs)
7.     Cluster and District level Inter Youth Club Sports Meet
8.     Skill Up-gradation Training Programme (SUTP) for Women
9.     Scheme of Youth Employability Skill Project (YES)
10.   Promotion of Folk, Art and Culture
11.   Observance of Days of National and International Importance
12.   Youth Convention and Yuva Kriti at  District  and State Level
13.   District Youth Awards (Individual)
14.   Awards to Outstanding Youth Clubs at district, state and national  level.

In addition to the Core Programmes, Nehru Yuva Kendras  also    organised  the following programmes  : -

1.     Youth Leadership and Personality Development Programme
2.     Adventure Camps
3.     Life Skill Training for Adolescents,
4.     National Integration Camps.
5.     Adolescent Health & Development project supported by UNFPA in 10 NYK Districts of 5 States I.e. Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha.

Shri Sonowal said, NYKS have also implemented projects of other  Ministries/Departments like prevention of drug abuse and  alcoholism  in  Punjab  and Manipur,  Tribal Youth Exchange Programme, Voter awareness Programme through Election Commission, Adolescents Development and Empowerment, etc.
He said, an evaluation study of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) was entrusted to an independent evaluation agency which has recently been submitted its report. A consolidated view of the deficiencies/recommendations identified by the agency have been summarized as under:
i.             Lack of manpower.
ii.           Lack of funds to implement  the programme in effective ways.
iii.        Delay in disbursement of fund at district level.
iv.        Lack of inter-ministerial, center to state and district coordination.
v.           Improvement in record management.
vi.  Committees formed at different level needs to be active and informed.
vi.        Monitoring of programme through external agencies and separate fund for monitoring should be earmarked.

The Minister said, the recommendations as per the study have been accepted and are being implemented in a phased manner depending upon the availability of funds. The Government has constituted a Cadre Review Committee (CRC) to improve/strengthen the management of NYKS and to put more effective system and mechanisms in place for the smooth functioning of the Organisation. The report of the Committee has been received.  After implementation of the recommendations, the personnel, administration and establishment matters of the organization shall be further revamped.

        The skill development initiatives undertaken by Nehru Yuva Kendras are Skill Up-gradation Training Programme for Women (SUTP), Training of National Youth Corps (NYC) volunteers through recognized Vocational Training Providers(VTPs) and sponsoring youth for skill development training through the Schemes of different agencies available at district level, Shri Sonowal added.


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Sports Tribunal

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that ‘Sports’ is a State subject. Promotion & development of sports including setting up of a grievance redressal mechanism, is the responsibility of the concerned National Sports Federation (NSF) and the State Governments.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, however, Government has laid down guidelines for redressing the grievances relating to prevention of sexual harassment of women athletes, selection of players, prevention of age fraud etc. The Guidelines of 2001 laid down the principles, which now stand subsumed in the National Sports Development Code of India (NSDCI) 2011. The guidelines aim at protection of sportspersons` interests and their welfare, and quick and impartial redressal of their grievances. Under the guidelines, each NSF is required to introduce a machinery for redressal of players’ grievances. This machinery is required to be vested with the authority to redress grievances speedily. Appeal and other procedures are, therefore, to be codified and circulated.

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Condition of SAG and Sports Training Centres

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that there is no negligence by Sports Authority of India (SAI) centres. The closure of a Centre is a policy decision, which is taken based on certain parameters like lack of trainees in sports disciplines, lack of requisite resources, non-performance of the trainees, etc.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, Special Area Games centre of SAI at Muzzafarpur, Bihar was closed down w.e.f. 1.4.2013 due to the law and order situation which had forced the hostel canteen to be closed. There was also frequent interference of local people who were utilizing sports grounds without taking permission.

Reopening of the said centre can be considered by SAI only after the Memorandum of Understating is signed between the State Government of Bihar and SAI and after the State Government improves the condition of the centre like residential accommodation, etc., the Minister added.

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Assistance from other Countries for Sports

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that there is no specific proposal from any foreign country for assistance in the field of Sports Medicine and establishing infrastructure for Winter Sports. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today he said, there have been some preliminary discussions with Foreign Countries regarding collaboration in the field of sports medicine, but this has not led to a formal or specific proposal for cooperation. However, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a number of countries such as Cuba, Turkey, Hungary, Mauritius, New Zealand, Netherlands, Poland and Australia for cooperation in the field of sports, which provide for exchange of experts and information in various fields such as Sports Science, Sports Medicine, Sports Education, Sports Management, Sports Infrastructure Development, Physical Education and Fitness Development Programs. Knowledge and expertise emanating from exchange visits are kept in view by the Government while framing and reviewing its policies and schemes for promotion and development of Sports in the country in rural and backward areas.


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