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Pune's Balewadi Stadium and 5 other centres to be developed as 'Khelo India Center of Excellence', says Kiren Rijiju

05:25 PM Nov 07, 2020 | FPJ Web Desk

On Saturday, the Sports Ministry has approved six centres as the Khelo India Centre of Excellence (KISCE) and they will now be upgraded at a consolidated budget estimate of Rs 67.32 crore for FY 2020-21 and subsequent four years in an effort to identify and groom Olympic level talent.

The states of Assam, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya and Sikkim and Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, have been identified in the second leg.

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Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter and said, "6 more centres approved and amount sanctioned to be developed as Khelo India Center of Excellence."

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The centres identified are:

1. Assam: States Sports Academy, Sarusajai - Rs 7.96 crore

2. Meghalaya: J N S Complex, Shillong, Meghalaya - Rs 8.39 crore

3. Daman & Diu: New Sports Complex Silvassa - Rs 8.05 crore

4. Madhya Pradesh: MP State Academy- Rs 19 crore

5. Maharashtra: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune- Rs 16 crore

6. Sikkim: Paljor Stadium, Gangtok - Rs 7.91 crore

Speaking about the initiative, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju in an official statement said, "Creating centres of sporting excellence across the country is a step towards our vision of making India one of the top 10 countries in Olympics 2028. Unless we can provide world-class specialised training, we cannot expect athletes to excel at the Olympics.

"Each of these centers will provide world-class training in a specific sporting discipline and will become the main facility in the country where elite athletes of that sport will train. I am happy that each state has supported this initiative of the center with great positivity and enthusiasm," he added.

(With ANI inputs)

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