A new Sports Science Institute to train sportspersons and scout talent as per requirements of different sports will be set up from the money allocated for the Commonwealth Games, which the ministry failed to spend.
About Rs 200 crore of the total fund, the ministry got as a special allocation for organizing the Commonwealth Games, could not be spent because the ministry officials were busy with creating sports infrastructure.
Now, Sports Minister Ajay Maken has decided to set up National Sports Sciences Institute similar to the one in China and many European nations to provide scientific input to coaches for producing better results. The institutes have helped China in turning into a major sporting nation in the world in less than a decade.
"We will not be able to compete successfully in international sporting events if we fail to provide training a scientific dimension. The institute will help in drawing scientific criteria on nutrition, type of training for specific sports and prevention of injury to sportsperson," Maken told HT.
To frame the skeleton of the institute, the ministry has set up a committee under Sports secretary Sindhushree Khullar to define its role and scope. "The institute should be a comprehensive centre for evaluation, prevention and treatment for sportspersons," the terms of the reference of the committee says.
Not only training, the new institute will also ensure that the Indian sportspersons get access to best experts from sports universities across the globe. How it will happen, the committee will recommend.
The institute will also provide scientific inputs on nutritional requirement of different sportsperson. It will also create manpower to meet the demand of trainers and supporting staff for different sports.
The committee has been asked to submit its report within two months so that additional funding can be sought from the Planning Commission for the 12th five-year plan starting from financial year, 2012-13.
The decision to set up the institute was taken after a committee headed by University Grants Commission acting chairperson Ved Prakash recommended that sports sciences institute should be set up in an area of 500 acres.
The committee, however, rejected the idea of turning the existing sports training institute in Tamil Nadu into National Sports Science Institute saying it does not have enough land. "We are looking to set up an institute somewhere in Patiala which is a vital training area for sportspersons," a ministry official said.