The Indian sports Ministry has given approval for seven states and two Union Territories sports centers to upgrade to Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) under the Khelo India scheme. An assistance will be provided in the form of better sporting equipment, coaches, sports scientists, high performance managers, and technical support.
The Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, stressed the importance of providing the sports infrastructure at the grassroots level in the nation. The potential glory in the would be attained in the future. He said the ministry is aiming in providing the infrastructure on one side and on the other side creates facilities to excel. Minister added that KISCE will provide world class facilities to the sports talents across the country for the Indian Olympic dreams.
The quality of present infrastructure, past performances of the state on the national stage, culture of sports, and management in the state criteria were considered to finalize the list. Each state and UT has to find the sports infrastructure available with them or any other alternative agencies that could be improvised to world-class standards. The list of the states and UTs includes Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Tripura, Chandigarh, Puducherry and Jammu & Kashmir. The overall number of State and Union Terrtories under Khelo India increases to 24.