Assam’s Sarusajai Sports Complex in Guwahati is among the six sports centers that have been approved by the Ministry of Sports to be upgraded into Khelo India Centre of Excellence (KISCE). A consolidated budget of Rs 7.96 crores has been approved for Sarusajai for the financial year 2020-21and four subsequent years.
It is to be noted that this is the second leg of such up-gradation as the government of India aims to identify and groom talents to participate in the future Olympics. Announcing the news, Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju wrote on his official Twitter handle, “6 more centers approved and amount sanctioned to be developed as Khelo India Center of Excellence.
6 more centres approved and amount sanctioned to be developed as Khelo India Center of Excellence.
1. Sarusajai, Guwahati.
2. SSS Complex Balewadi, Pune.
3. J N S Complex, Shillong.
4. Paljor Stadium, Gangtok.
5. New Sports Complex, Silvassa.
6.Madhya Pradesh State Academy. pic.twitter.com/ckfuN2PpuQ
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) November 7, 2020
“Creating centers of sporting excellence across the country is a step towards our vision of making India one of the top 10 countries in the Olympics 2028. Unless we can provide world-class specialized training, we cannot expect athletes to excel at the Olympics,” Rijiju said in an official statement.