Sports Ministry is set to upgrade eight Khelo India State Centres of Excellence (KISCE) at an estimated cost of Rs. 95.19 crore with an aim to identify and groom future Olympic champions.
Speaking about the decision, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said, this is yet another step towards building a robust sports ecosystem and India’s pursuit of excellence in Olympics.
He said these centres will ensure that athletes proficient in a certain sports are given the highest level of training. The Minister said, he is confident that this will help to further India’s effort of becoming one of the top 10 countries in the Olympics in 2028.
According to a Sports Ministry statement, each KISCE will be extended sports-specific support in 14 Olympic sports, of which one State or Union Territory will be given support for a maximum of 3 sports.
Eight states that have been approved for setting up of KISCEs in the first leg are Odisha, Mizoram, Telengana, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.