Sports Facilities In Nine States, UTs Selected For Upgradation To Khelo India State Centre of ExcellenceSports Minister Kiren Rijiju outside Parliament House. (Photo by Sonu Mehta /Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Sports Ministry has upgraded centres from a total of nine States and Union Territories to the Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) under the Khelo India scheme, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday (17 October).

The States and UTs include Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Tripura and Jammu & Kashmir.

Speaking about the decision, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said, "The government is taking the two-pronged approach of developing grassroot level infrastructure on the one hand and creating facilities for sporting excellence on the other. The KISCEs will be world-class facilities where the best sporting talent from all over the country will be trained to further India's Olympic dreams."

These centres have made the cut based on their past performances, quality of infrastructure, management and sports culture in the State, etc, the statement said.

Earlier this year, the ministry had identified a total of 14 centres to be upgraded to KISCEs. The overall number now stands at 24 KISCEs from 23 States / UTs. The assistance to these centres will be provided in the form of bridging the gaps in sports equipment, high performance managers, coaches, sports scientists, technical support, etc, the ministry said.

The sports facilities were selected by each State and Union Territory, who was asked to identify the best sports infrastructure available with them or their agencies or any eligible agencies that could be developed into world-class sporting facilities.

The latest KISCEs include Dr YSR Sports School in Andhra Pradesh's YSR district; Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh's Sector – 42; Rajya Khel Prashikshan Kendra in Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur; SAG Sports Complex, in Goa's Panaji; Motilal Nehru School of Sports in Haryana's Sonipat; Indoor Stadium Luhnu Sports Complex in Himachal's Bilaspur; Rajiv Gandhi School of Sports in Puducherry's Uppallam; Dasarath Dev State Sports Complex in Tripura's Badharghat.

The two facilities in Jammu and Kashmir include M A Stadium, Fencing Academy in Jammu, and J&K Sports Council Water Sports Academy in Srinagar.

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