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Himachal Pardesh excels in Sports
Himachal Pradesh is excelling in the sports sector and the youth of the State are participating in various sports activities at National and International levels and winning medals in various events and making the state proud. The State government has launched various schemes to boost up the sports activities and encourage the youth in a big way.

The state government has increased the cash prize amount four times for securing a position at the National level. In solo competitions, the cash prize for the first position has been enhanced from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 80,000 and for the second position, it has been increased from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 40,000 and for the third position, the cash prize has been increased from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 24,000.

Similarly, in team competitions, the cash prize for the first position has been increased from Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 16,000 and for the second position, from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 8,000 and for the third position; it has been increased from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 4,000. The cash prize for national youth awards has been increased from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 40,000.

Under the Nodal Youth Club scheme, honorarium to youth volunteers at the district headquarters has been increased from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 4,500 per month. Under this scheme, funds for the purchase of cultural and sports equipment has been enhanced from Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 20,000 per block.

During the last two and half years, 225 National Award winners, 7 Mountaineers and 13 Special Children were honored with a cash award worth Rs. 1,08,35,186 on 15th August, 2013, 2014 and 25th and 26th January, 2015 respectively.

Multi-purpose Indoor Sports Complexes are being developed in district headquarters, where this facility did not exist before, developing sports fields/facilities and open sports hostels at some places with a budget provision of Rs. 35 Crore for the current financial year. A football academy is being set up at Dharamshala.

Youth constitute 40 per cent of the total population of the State. The youth of the state need ample opportunities for the self-expression and self-development. To empower youth activities in the State, the annual grant of youth clubs had been enhanced from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 18,000 in 2013-14 and further to Rs. 20,000 in 2015-16.

The state government is committed to provide better facilities and infrastructure for sports and other activities. A sum of Rs. 1386.08 lacs has been spent on repairs/maintenance and construction of sports infrastructure in the State. A sum of Rs. 1.00 Crore has been spent for the construction of small play-fields in rural areas in Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal has achieved many mile stones in different fields of sports at the National level during the last two and a half years. In 7th National Rural Sports Competition (2014-15), 134 players participated in various disciplines and won one gold, 2 bronze and one silver medal in boxing, 4 bronze, one silver medal in judo and one bronze medal in badminton. In the 6th National Rural Sports competition (2013-14), 130 players participated from Himachal Pradesh in various disciplines and and won two silver medals in boxing, badminton, two bronze medals in Teakwando and one bronze medal in Athletics (3000 meters) respectively.

72 youths from the State have participated in the national youth festival, organized in the State of Assam in the month of January this year in different events. The State has won 1st position in Kathak and 3rd position in the event of Sitar recitation. Similarly, in National Women Sports competition, Himachal Pradesh team secured 1st place in the event of Volleyball and 3rd place in the Kabaddi event.

The State government is providing equal opportunities to rural youth in sports and other activities. During the last two and a half years various sports competitions have been organized in Sirmour, Mandi, Una and Bilaspur districts, under the Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA), in which more than 80 thousand youth have participated. A State level function was also organized at Kullu, for differently abled participants, in which 2,000 sports persons participated.

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