Hyderabad: Hakimpet Regional Sports School has been named among the eight Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) under the Sports Authority of India’s flagship talent identification and nurturing programme, Khelo India. The Regional Sports School will be upgraded with a total budget of Rs.13.03 crore in four years.

The support will be in the form of infrastructure upgradation, setting up of sports science centre and also soft component in the form of quality coaches and sports science human resources, physiotherapists, strength and conditioning expert.

High quality equipment will also be provided to the players. The Academy will also have a high-performance manager to ensure quality sports science input and performance management.

The sports ministry is upgrading existing sporting infrastructure in each state and UT, in partnership with the respective local government and creating KISCEs with an aim to create a robust sporting ecosystem in the entire country.

Each KISCE will be extended sports-specific support in 14 Olympic sports. In the first leg, 8 KISCEs have been identified, including that at Hakimpet in Telangana. The other KISCEs will be set up in Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Odhisha, Karnataka and Kerala.

On the decision to set up KISCEs, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said, “These state-of-the-art centres will ensure that athletes proficient in a certain sport can be given the highest-level of training and they will become the best facilities in the country. I am confident this step will help in furthering India’s effort in becoming one of the top 10 countries in Olympics in 2028.”

The setting up of the KISCE will also help to broad-base talent identification, since the states and UTs will also identify and develop talent in each sport for which funding is received. As a joint partnership, the Sports Authority of India will provide financial support in various avenues like sports science back-up, engagement of coaches and support staff, procurement of sports equipment, among other things.

The state will be responsible for lodging, boarding, regular maintenance, infrastructure upgradation and overall management of the centre. Wherever required, SAI will provide technical expertise and assistance, while putting in place a regular monitoring mechanism to ensure that athletes are trained on par with international standards.

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