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Government of India
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
29-April-2015 16:05 IST
Status of implementation of National Sports Policy

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports had proposed a new comprehensive National Sports Policy in 2007-08, the draft of which was discussed with all stake holders viz, State Governments, Indian Olympic Association (IOA), National Sports Federations, eminent sportspersons and sports administrators.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, after careful consideration of the whole matter and in view of the new initiatives taken by way of introduction of the Scheme of PanchayatYuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) in 2008, which has since been revised as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) in 2014, for broad-basing of sports in the country, the Government decided that the existing National Sports Policy 2001 is sufficient to achieve the goals of both mass participation in sports and promotion of excellence in sports and decided to withdraw the draft comprehensive National Sports Policy. Accordingly, the policy was withdrawn with the approval of the Cabinet. At present, the National Sports Policy, 2001 is in existence, which among other objectives have two main objectives viz, promotion of excellence in sports and broad-basing of sports. The schemes of the Department of Sports and Sports Authority of India are aim at achievement of these twin objectives. State Governments are actively associated in the implementation of the Schemes pertaining to them. National Sports Federations recognized by the Ministry are given financial assistance towards conduct of national championships, organizing coaching camps, participation in international tournaments abroad and conduct of international tournaments in India, etc. under the Scheme of Assistance to NSFs. In several sports disciplines including shooting, wrestling, badminton and boxing, India has performed well by winning medals in major international events.