Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Big score for Coimbatore Sports persons

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday announced a new programme for providing daily training for skillful boys and girls interested in taking up sports at the competitive level. The training will be imparted by the coaches attached of the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu.

Twenty boys and girls in the age group of 10 and14 would be picked based on their skills in various sports and would be admitted to training centres for moulding them as achievers for the future. They would be given training in morning and evening at the centres for 25 days in a month and provided with tiffin, travel allowance, uniform and sports equipment, an official release here said.

The scheme would be implemented on an experimental basis in Kanyakumari, Virudhunagar, Coimbatore and Perambalur and 10 coaches would be appointed. The CM has allotted `18 lakh as recurring expense towards this scheme.

At present, nine sports hostels and three sports schools with hostels were functioning in Tamil Nadu providing training to 860 sportspersons. The number of students in these institutions would be increased to 1,100. In modern sports hostels, the number of sportspersons to be trained would go up from 50 to 80. The government would incur a recurring expenditure of `83 lakhs and a non-recurring expenditure of `1 crore per annum. The CM has already doubled the cash award for sportpersons winning medals in Olympics, besides enhancing incentives for those winning shields and medals in national and international events. Players from the State who win gold medals in Olympics would now on get `2 crore instead of `1 crore disbursed hitherto. Similarly, the winners of silver and bronze medals would receive `1 crore and `50 lakh respectively against `50 lakh and `25 lakh.

Further, the gold medal winners of Commonwealth Games and Asian Games would get `50 lakh and winners of silver and bronze medals would get `30 lakh and 20 lakh respectively. Earlier, the awards stood at `20 lakh, `15 lakh and `10 lakh for gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.

Besides, the prize money for gold medal winners of South Asian Federation Games and National Games has also been increased by `5 lakh, against `1 lakh disbursed hitherto, and silver and bronze medel winners would receive `3 lakh and `2 lakh against `50,000 and `10,000 earlier.

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