With some of the State Governments giving huge amount to sports persons as Cash Award, Union Government has advised to modify the scheme to support the awardees for setting up Sports Academies.
Odisha Government, which promotes sports in a big way, has supported sports persons with huge cash awards.
Union Government, which has launched Khelo India Program has pointed out that sometimes such huge cash awards are spent without leading to creation of sustainable sources of livelihood for awardees.
So if the cash awards are utilized for setting up of sports academics, it will provide athletes with respectable earnings and simultaneously benefit prospective athletes to train and excel in sports, said a senior official in the Ministry of Sports.
The official said that performance of sportspersons in international events is dependent on the stage of development of sports in a country.
Stage of development of sports in terms of sports infrastructure, training/coaching methods, sports science etc., in other countries such as United States of America, China, Japan, and Australia is of different level.
Achievements of Indian sportspersons and teams in international sports events, including mega sports events, in recent past shows that there has been a perceptible improvement in performance of Indian sportspersons in international sports events.
The Central Government is playing a pivotal role for promoting high performance in sports. National Sports Federations are being encouraged and supported for attainment of their respective medium and long term plans.
With the launch of Khelo India Scheme, there has been an increased awareness and participation in sports and Indian athletes have earned accolades in sports such as archery, athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey, shooting, wrestling, weightlifting, etc. in international events.
Department of Sports has spent Rs. 981.09 crore in 2016-17, Rs. 1229.32 crore,2017-18, Rs. 1297.38 crore in 2018-19 and Rs. 1583.83 crore have been spent during current financial year 2019-20 up to 31January 2020 respectively.
Under this program Odisha has been sanctioned Rs.28 Crore and Rs.12 Crore has been released for four projects, said Union Minister of Sports, Kiren Rijiju in a reply in Lok Sabha.