₹ 2 cr. sanctioned for their training; sports infrastructure to be improved to encourage local sports talent
A Khelo India Center (KIC) and a Sports Sciences Center will soon be established in Mandya, the sugar producer of Karnataka, and a sum of cro2 crore had been sanctioned to facilitate their training.
The idea of the KIC was announced by the Union Sports Ministry while the Sports Science Center was announced in the state budget to systematically assess sports talent.
The Minister in charge of Mandya District, KC Narayana Gowda, who is the Minister of Youth Empowerment and Sports, has released 10 crore for the development of the district stadium in Mandya town with the aim of renovating the district sports infrastructure.
A sum of 24 lakh had been released for the development of an outdoor sports hall at the KR Pet Taluk stadium.
Unused funds from the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports (since 2018) are now used to develop outdoor gymnasiums in taluk stadiums. A sum of 71 lakh remained after hosting the Dasara CM Cup in 2018-19 and ₹ 12.90 lakh was unused after hosting the Under-14 Mini Olympics in Bengaluru in 2019-2020. The total of 83.97 lakh was available from the Sports Authority of Karnataka.
It was decided to use it to develop outdoor gymnasiums in four taluks, including KR Pet, Mandya, Kadur and Karkala.
Another outdoor gym in the neighborhood arrives at Sir M. Visvesvaraya Stadium in Mandya at a cost of 20 lakh. The outdoor gymnasiums offered in Karkala and Kadur will also be developed at a cost of 20 lakh each.
Sanctioned funds for the development of sports infrastructure at Mandya include ₹ 2 crore for the development of a sports youth hostel for girls and ₹ 7 crore for the development of the stadium at KR Pet.
The Minister said that the development works of the outdoor gymnasiums in Mandya and KR Pet will start soon. This will benefit athletes and the general public. Work on the gymnasiums would be resumed at a faster pace to prepare them as soon as possible.
By announcing the KICs, the Ministry of Sports wanted to nurture talented sports talents from an early age and prepare them for the 2028 Olympic Games. These centers will receive equipment, sports kits and coaches to train the talents. The Center has proposed to create at least one KIC in each district with the support of the respective state governments, who are responsible for recruiting mentors to train young athletes.