Waking up to the importance of sports law after Dutee Chand’s case — the sprinter has got interim relief from the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to compete in the domestic circuit, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is starting 20 shortterm vocational courses at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, and SAI’s souther n centre Bangalore from January 5.
Focusing on developing skills for organising tournaments and events, SAI will also conduct a three-week course on project/ event management.
There will also be certificate courses related to players’ training, diet, physiology and psychology.
In the first phase, SAI will conduct eight vocational courses between January 5 to March 31, and the remaining courses will be conducted later in the year. The project is part of the sports ministry’s skill development programme in sports and sports sciences.
Aimed at improving job prospects, the courses are for sportspersons, coaches and graduates. For some courses, even school dropouts can apply. Though there is no age bar, priority will be given to those in the 18-30 age group.
In certificate courses where SAI doesn’t have experts, it is taking outside help and has tied up with premier institutes.
The fee for the courses is from Rs 3-5000, while the course in sports communication is for Rs 15000 and will include boarding and lodging.
“With Indian sport growing rapidly, these short-term courses will not only enhance knowledge in various facets related to sport, but also help in better job opportunities,” said SS Roy, SAI executive director, academics.
In December last year, Chand was cleared to participate in next year’s National Games by the CAS, pending a final decision, on her appeal against the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism policy.