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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan to power rural sports infrastructure

Joint Secretary (Development), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, G.S.G Ayyangar, and Vice-Chancellor K.V. Rao releasing balloons to mark the inauguration of the South Zone Inter-University Kabaddi (Men) tournament on Acharya Nagarjuna University campus on Wednesday.— Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar
Joint Secretary (Development), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, G.S.G Ayyangar, and Vice-Chancellor K.V. Rao releasing balloons to mark the inauguration of the South Zone Inter-University Kabaddi (Men) tournament on Acharya Nagarjuna University campus on Wednesday.— Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan, a new scheme being introduced by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports will power sports infrastructure in villages as the country is pushing to realise its dream of joining the top 10 Olympic nations by the year 2020, Joint Secretary (Development), Ministry of Youth Affairs, Department of Sports, G.S.G. Ayyangar said here on Wednesday.

“We are aiming at bagging 20 medals in the 2016 Olympics and by 2020 we want to be in the top 10 of Olympic power houses. We won six medals in 2012 London Olympics and we have set a modest target for the next Olympics,’’ Dr. Ayyangar told reporters on the Acharya Nagarjuna university campus after inaugurating the South Zone Inter-University Kabbadi (Men) Tournament.

Sports complexes

The RGKA envisages construction of sports complexes in about 7,000 blocks in the country with a total outlay of Rs.13,500 crore.

The Sports Ministry would provide Rs.15 lakh for sports infrastructure and Rs.1.5 lakh for furniture apart from providing a monthly stipend of Rs.3,500 for master trainers.

“The District Collectors would be the nodal officers in implementing the scheme. The complex could be built in an area of 10 acres. We are giving Rs.10 lakh for each acre to develop the facilities,’’ Dr. Ayyangar said.

Sports would also be used to wean away youth in six Maoist-affected districts in the country and in Jammu and Kashmir, he said.

In urban areas, the Ministry is funding construction of sports complexes.

A indoor sports complex is coming up at Agricultural College in Bapatla with a cost of Rs.6.5 Crore.

A similar facility was also being planned at ANU campus. There are also plans to build a Sports University and train medical doctors in the field of sports medicine, he added.

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