Special Olympics Bharat



Special Olympics Bharat
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Special Olympic Bharat (SOB) has been accorded recognition by the Government as a National Sports Federation (NSF). It is responsible for promotion of various sports and games for differently abled athletes. It has been categorized under ‘Priority’ discipline by the Government for providing financial assistance for organizing national/international events in India, participation in international events abroad, coaching/training of national team, equipment support etc in accordance with the norms under the Scheme of ‘Assistance to National Sports Federations’.



Selection of athletes is the responsibility of the NSFs concerned including SOB and Government does not interfere in the matter of selection of athletes.


The details of athletes with intellectual disability who participated in the
Special Olympic Games during the last 3 years is as under:-

Year
Participants

2013
58 (Special Olympic World Winter Games)

2015
213 (Special Olympic World Summer Games)

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, Government has provided financial assistance to SOB under the Scheme
of ‘Assistance to NSFs’ during the last 4 years for coaching/training of national teams, organizing national championships in India, participation in international events abroad, etc are as under:-


Year
Assistance provided (Rs.in lakhs)
2012-13
69.28
2013-14
274.51
2014-15
19.17
2015-16(as in Dec, 2015)

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412.28



Support for Paralympics Sports
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that no such case has been brought to the notice of the Government. The Government has been extending financial assistance to Para athletes as per the provisions of the Scheme of ‘Assistance to National Sports Federation (NSF)’. In November, 2015, the Government revised the said scheme whereby the amount of financial assistance has been raised upwards substantially.

The provision of the scheme cover expenses for organizing national/international events in India, participation in international events abroad, coaching/training of athletes/national teams, equipment support etc. In addition, Government has also framed a scheme namely Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) to provide financial assistance to athletes including Para athletes who have qualified for Rio Olympics or are having a fair chance of winning medals. 9 Para athletes have already been given funding to the tune of Rs.108.90 lakhs under TOPS & National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) for their training, travel expenses, boarding/lodging, cost of equipments etc. Details are given is below:

NSDF assistance to Para athletes under TOP Scheme

S.No.
Name
Discipline
Funds  released
to



athletes
as
on



21.04.2016
(Rs. In



Lacs)


1
Amit Kumar Saroha
Men’s Club Throw and Discuss Throw
1.43


2
Sharad Kumar
High Jump
11.26


3
Karamjyoti
Shot Put and Discus Throw
18.01


4
Narender
Javelin Throw
5.85


5
Deepa Malik
Javelin Throw and Shot Put
13.11


6
H.N. Girisha
High Jump
7.63


7
Naresh Kumar Sharma
Shooting
18.11


8
Farman Basha
Power Lifting
16.74



Total (Para Athletes for

92.18



2016)





B. NSDF assistance to Para athlete (Not in TOP Scheme)


1
Sakina Khatun
Power Lifting
16.72


In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, During the last three years, the following amount has been spent from Central Government budget for the welfare and  development  of  Para  athletes under the scheme of ‘Assistance to NSFs’.


Year

Amount (Rs. in lakhs)





2013-14

143.40





2014-15

197.72





2015-16 (Provisional)

278.51




In addition, Government has also given the following assistance from the NSDF:-


i.             Rs.20.00 Lakhs to the Cricket Association for the Blind for the conduct of ‘Cricket World Cup for the Blind’.

ii.              Cash  Award  of  Rs.10.00  Lakhs  each  to  07  Para  Athletes  (Placed

between 4th and 12th position in individual sports disciplines) in Paralympic Games, 2012.

iii.              Cash Award of Rs.5.00 Lakhs each to the 17 members of the Indian

Team for the 4th Cricket World Cup for the blind, which won the tournament.

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Medal Target for Rio 2016
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has not set a sports wise medal target for the country in the forthcoming Rio Olympics 2016. However, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Hockey, Shooting, Tennis and Wrestling are the focused disciplines from the point of view of India’s chances of winning medals at Rio Olympics.

He said, Preparations for the Rio Olympic Games 2016 are going on in right earnest. Government is making every effort to provide high quality training and coaching to Indian sportspersons and teams so that they win maximum number of medals and make the country proud. Identified medal prospects are being provided financial assistance for their customized training at Institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme, which the Government specifically formulated and launched in 2014 under the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) with the objective of identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for Rio Olympics 2016 and Olympic Games 2020.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, further, National coaching camps are being organized and competitive exposure abroad is being provided to the identified probables so that more and more sportspersons qualify for participation in Rio Olympics 2016 and put up their best performance in the Olympic Games. 

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Promotion of Sports amongst Disabled
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Under the Scheme of Sports and Games for the Disabled, grants are sanctioned to Special Olympic Bharat (SOB), the Nodal Agency of the Department of Sports for organizing coaches training and sports competitions in selected sports disciplines on District, State and National basis to promote the potential of disabled persons in sports and games.

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Social Justice has informed that in the 12th Five Year Plan document, a Scheme for establishment of Centre for Disability Sports is included for which Rs.20 crore is earmarked. Necessary action is being initiated to engage a Consultant for preparation of a Detailed Project Report for establishment of the Disability Centres at Zirakpur (Punjab) and Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, Sports competitions were conducted by SOB in 23 districts of Andhra Pradesh for 5338 disabled persons during the last four years. Four State level Games for 1382 disabled sportspersons were also conducted by them in Andhra Pradesh during the same period under the Scheme of Sports and Games for the Disabled. No special training facilities have been created to cater to the needs of disabled sportspersons of the State of Andhra Pradesh. Schemes of Sports Authority of India and Department of Sports cover all categories of sportspersons including disabled sportsperson. Also, sports is a State subject. It is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments to take steps for promotion of sports including creation of special training facilities. Government of India only supplements the efforts of the State Governments

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Changes in New Youth Policy- 2014
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the National Youth Policy, 2014 (NYP-2014) was developed after an elaborate process of consultations with all stakeholders. Major points of difference between NYP-2014 and its previous counterpart, namely, National Youth Policy, 2003 (NYP-2003) and the mechanism recommended for monitoring and evaluation of the Policy (which itself is a point of difference) are as follows:

The NYP-2014 identifies 5 precise Objectives and 11 specific Priority Areas requiring action for achieving those objectives. The distinguishing feature of NYP-2014 (vis-à-vis NYP-2003) is that under NYP-2014, specific actionable policy interventions have been suggested in each of the 11 priority areas. NYP-2003 identified 7 sectors of youth concern and covered them in very general terms.

In NYP-2014, certain new priority areas have been brought into focus, which were not adequately addressed in NYP-2003. For instance, ‘participation of youth in politics and governance’ and ‘youth engagement’ have been identified as new priority areas.

Similarly, NYP-2014 lays much greater emphasis on skill development, employment and entrepreneurship consistent with the needs to effectively utilise the youth as productive force.

The youth age-group in the NYP-2003 was 13-35 years whereas it has been revised to 15-29 years in NYP-2014 to provide more focused approach to youth development and empowerment.

The NYP-2014 lays a lot of emphasis on “Monitoring and Evaluation” aspect, to ensure that the Policy gets effectively implemented. The Policy suggests specific Leading (short-term) and Lagging (long-term) Performance Indicators for measuring success of the Policy. The Policy Document also prescribes that the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports shall publish a ‘Status of the Youth Report’ every 2 years. There is a provision for Review of the Policy after 5 years. The Policy also recommends that the

“Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports should set up a Youth Advisory Council of exceptional yet representative individuals and that council can provide more detailed inputs to government on key policy issues, run programmes to mobilise youth and engage more regularly with diverse segments of the youth.”

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, Accordingly, a proposal to constitute a National Youth Advisory Council under the chairmanship of Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports is under consideration. It is proposed that the Council will have representation from official as well as non-official stakeholders and its terms of reference will include (i) to deliberate upon and review the programmes/ initiatives of various Ministries/ Departments for development and empowerment of youth and advise the Ministries/ Departments for more effective implementation of such programmes/ initiatives, (ii) to monitor the implementation of the Action Plan for implementation of the National Youth Policy and (iii) to advise the Ministries/ Departments on innovative schemes/ programmes/ initiatives that could be taken up for development and empowerment of the youth. 

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PPP in Sports

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that No specific policy for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the field of sports has been prepared. However, the Government has taken following steps for encouraging the private sector in promotion and development of sports in the country:

(i)                 setting up National Sports Development Fund,

(ii)               including sports in the list of permissible activities for deployment of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds, and
(iii)             instituting Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar for recognizing contributions of corporate entities.
National Sports Development Fund was set up by the Central Government in 1998, under Charitable Endowments Act 1890, with a view to mobilizing resources from the Government as well as non-governmental sources, including the private/corporate sector and non-resident Indians, for promotion of sports and games in the country.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports instituted Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar in 2009 with the objective of encouraging and promoting involvement of corporates, voluntary organizations, sports control boards etc., in the promotion and development of sports in the country.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, Training to promote rural sports, nationally recognized sports, Paralympic sports and Olympic sports’ has been included in Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013, which would allow companies to spend on development of sports from the funds earmarked for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - related activities. Inclusion of sports in this Schedule is expected to give a boost to the promotion and development of sports in the country and the much needed funds from companies, both in public and private sector, are expected to flow into the sports sector.

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Training Centres for Sports
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that As ‘Sports’ is in State subject, primary responsibility for establishment of training centres for various sports for the youth outside the school curriculum is that of respective State Governments. However, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Sports Authority of India supplement the efforts of the States.

Training facilities are available at SAI Centres located across the country. Training is being provided to sportspersons under Sports

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, Authority of India (SAI)’s various Sports Promotional Schemes such as National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC) Scheme, Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC) Scheme, SAI Training Centres (STC) Scheme, Special Area Games (SAG) Scheme, Centres of Excellence (COE) Scheme and Come and Play Scheme.

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Training for Rio Olympic Games-2016
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Preparations for the sportspersons and teams of the country for participation in international sports events including Rio Olympics 2016 is an ongoing exercise.

In order to support India’s best medal prospects for 2016 and 2020 Olympics, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has started a ‘Target Olympic Podium Scheme’ (TOP Scheme) under the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF). An Elite Athletes Identification Committee has been set up with Ms. Anju Bobby George, renowned athlete as its chairperson, Shri Rahul Dravid, Shri Pullella Gopichand and Ms. M C Mary Kom as members among others to evaluate and select potential medal prospects for 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games for support under the TOP Scheme.


S. No
Name of Sports discipline
Number of quota places attained
1
Archery
04
2
Athletics
18
3
Boxing
01
4
Hockey
32


(16 member of Men’s Hockey team and


16 member of Women’s Hockey team)
5
Shooting
12
6
Wrestling
03
7
Table Tennis
04
8
Gymnastics
01

Total
75


Identified medal prospects are being provided financial assistance for their customized training at Institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support under TOP Scheme.


Further, National coaching camps are being organized and competitive exposure abroad is being provided to the identified probables under the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs) so that more and more sports persons qualify for participation in Rio Olympics 2016 and put up their best performance in the Olympic Games.


So far, 75 sportspersons [43 individual sportspersons and 16 members each of Hockey (Men) and Hockey (Women) teams] have qualified for Rio Olympics 2016. Discipline-wise numbers of sportspersons who have earned quota place for the country for participation in Rio Olympics 2016 is given in Annexure. More are expected to qualify, as the qualification process will go on till July 2016. All sportspersons who have earned quota place for the country for participation in Rio Olympics 2016 and who are expected to qualify are being provided comprehensive training/ coaching within the country and abroad.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, No separate budgetary allocation has been made for training of Indian sportspersons and teams for their participation in Rio Olympics 2016. Expenditure on preparation of sportspersons for Rio Olympics 2016 is being met from the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs). A budgetary allocation of Rs.185 crore has been made for the Scheme of Assistance to NSFs in current financial year 2016-17. During 2015-16, Budgetary allocation of Rs.185 crore was made for preparation of sportspersons and teams etc. under the Scheme of Assistance of NSFs.

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