Headquartered at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi, Sports Authority of India (“SAI”) is the apex body for management and development of sports in India. It was setup by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 1984 and is now under the direct supervision of Department of Sports of the same ministry.
This body has a multitude of objectives which involve scouting and training of talented and interested people, deployment of scientific methods and equipment to facilitate a scientific evaluation system for performance enhancement. The function of maintenance and development of requisite infrastructure and a specific responsibility of upkeeping 4 stadium complexes and a shooting range in Delhi (Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookherjee Stadium Complex and Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range) is also undertaken by SAI.
One of the primary needs of a sportsperson is good training and guidance. For that purpose, an army of trainers, coaches, psychologists, physiotherapists, nutritionists etc. is a prerequisite in the making of a strong and healthy player. Thus, the duties of SAI also involve training and education of coaches so that they are acquainted with the latest trends and teaching methodologies/equipment.
SAI runs two academic institutions which provide graduate and post-graduate courses in sports medicine and sports and physical education to prepare coaches and allied sports support staff.
Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports (“NSNIS”) at Patiala
Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education (“LNCPE”) at Thiruvananthapuram
NSNIS also has three academic sub-centres:
SAI Netaji Subhash Southern Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka
SAI Netaji Subhash Eastern Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal
SAI Netaji Subhash Western Centre, Gandhinagar, Gujrat
Netaji Subhash High Altitude Training Centre, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
In addition to the above-mentioned centres, Sports Authority of India has several regional centres for grassroots implementation of Sports promotion schemes and make these educational programmes more accessible to the people. For academic purposes, the objectives of these centres include organization of regular coaching camps, provision for Diploma and refresher courses in coaching in collaboration with NSNIS, Patiala.
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