Imphal: Sepak Takraw has been included among 21 new sports disciplines which qualify for recruitment of meritorious sports persons to any post in Group ‘C’ of central government.
This was declared by minister of state for youth affairs and sports Kiren Rijiju in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Monday.
The other 20 new sports disciplines qualified were Wushu, Baseball, Body-Building, Cycle Polo, Deaf Sports, Fencing, Kudo, Mallakhamb, Motor Sports, Net Ball, Para Sports (for sports discipline included in para-Olympics and Para Asian Games), Pencak Silat, Shooting Ball, Roll Ball, Rugby, Soft Tennis, Tenpin Bowling, Triathlon, Tug-of-war and Tennis Ball Cricket.
The minister also informed that the ministry has formulated schemes to promote sports and improve the level of sports and support sports infrastructure in the country, including in rural areas for encouragement of rural youth.
The schemes were Khelo India Scheme. Assistance to National Sports Federations, Special Awards to Winners in International sports events and their Coaches, National Sports Awards, Pension to Meritorious Sports Persons, PanditDeendayalUpadhyay National Sports Welfare Fund, National Sports Development Fund, Running Sports Training Centres through Sports Authority of India.
Details of the schemes are available in the public domain on the websites of the ministry and the Sports Authority of India. Funds are allocated by the Union Government Scheme-wise, not state-wise. Under various sports schemes, a total of Rs 1393.21 crore in year 2017-18, Rs 1381.52 crore in year 2018-19 and Rs 2000 crore was allocated in year 2019-20.