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Sports Ministry makes sporting infrastructure ‘free & accessible’

A major decision has been taken that all Sports Authority of India Stadiums and facilities will be made free for federations to hold competitions and leagues. Also, non-SAI coaches can train their athletes in SAI facilities free of cost by booking training slots online. This decision was made to promote Fit India Movement and to make play fields and sporting infrastructure accessible to all sports persons across the country.

All SAI facilities will now be free for federations to hold competitions and leagues. Also, non-SAI coaches can train their athletes in SAI facilities free of cost by booking training slots online. With an effort to further the Fit India Movement and to make play fields and sporting infrastructure accessible, without fee, to all sports persons across the country from 1st November 2019, the Ministry of Sports has decided to allow national and state sports federations, leagues and clubs to organize sports events in all sporting facilities owned by the government, free of cost.

The sporting facilities will also be accessible free of cost to coaches training athletes who are not part of camps organized in Sports Authority of India centers. The decision was taken with the view that people must have access to play fields and sporting infrastructure so that the culture of playing sport and therefore of fitness, becomes a way of life for Indians.

In the first phase, stadiums in Delhi including Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Indira Gandhi Stadium, Major Dhyanchand Stadium and Karni Singh Shooting Range will be opened up for state and national federations to host competitions, tournaments and leagues of all sporting disciplines.

The new policy will also allow non-SAI coaches to train their athletes at the stadium without any charge, provided that the coach has a minimum of at least 10 wards under his or her training. Training sessions can be booked by a coach online from November 1st.

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