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FICCI's 5th Global Sports Summit gets under way
Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and FICCI has launched 'India Sports 2014' to promote sports amongst youth and showcase the strength of sports industry. India Sports 2014 would be organized at the iconic National Stadium and Federation House, FICCI. The event would be an umbrella programme, focusing on all aspects of sports and would bring the entire sports fraternity to one platform.

The launch happened at the 5th Global Sports Summit, in the presence Dr. G S G Ayyangar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

The first edition would not only serve as a platform for the Indian sports industry to showcase their strength to the Indian and international sports fraternity but would also act as a catalyst in promoting sports amongst the youth.

The event would include India Sports Expo 2014, an international exhibition on sports sector at the national stadium; TURF 2014, an international conference on sports sector; reverse buyer-seller meet by sports goods export promotion council; networking dinner and concurrent sports activities and tournaments.

At the sports summit, Dr. Ayyangar spelt out the details of the 'Scheme for Identifying and Nurturing Sports Talent in the Country'. Under the scheme, which has been taken up on a pilot basis talents to be scouted and selected from the present Rajeev Gandhi Krida Abhiyan annual competitions; these sports persons will be called Young Talent (YT) and they will be specially trained by Physical Education Teachers attached to every District Level Sports Center.

A District Sports School (DLSS) will be set up in every District in the Country in the next ten years. These school will be setup as public private partnership except in remote and disturb areas. In such districts, the existing Navodaya Schools are proposed to be upgraded. Where this in not possible new institutions will be setup.

He said that the Ministry of Sports will supervise the training in sports and provide the sports scholarships and the recurring expenses. The young talent (YT) will be assigned specific disciplines through a scientific process of determination, through a rigorous training programme and participation YT will be identified for center of excellence and YT who excel will be treated as high performers and given admission to a centre of excellence (COX).

There will be approximately 25 centres for excellence. Twelve existing SAI centres will be upgraded.  Thirteen new centres will be developed and funded by SAI. However land for such centres will be provided by the State Government free of cost. These centers will be run by SAI.

FICCI will help SIT in connecting with premier institutes as a partner for launching this pilot course. This course will be 100% sponsored by the John Wright - SIT Scholarship programme.  The John Wright - SIT Scholarship programme is founded by John Wright, Former New Zealand Cricketer and India Cricket Team Coach (2000-05).

At the successful completion of this programme, students will have the required competencies to function successfully and effectively at operational levels within the sports training sector.

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