The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has formally announced to drop ‘Authority’ from the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
The apex sports administrative body under the MYAS will now be Sports India.
Six months after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had announced to rechristen Sports Authority of India in July last year, the MYAS and the SAI officials at a meeting in New Delhi yesterday formalised the new name – Sports India. The official stamp to the new name past put at an hour-long meeting at the MYAS, Shastri Bhawan.
Sports Minister Rathore chaired the meeting.
Once the minutes of the meeting are approved by the Minister, Registrar of Soceities will formally be informed for necessary changes in records. The organisation is registered as a society with the Registrar of Societies since January 24, 1984.
The apex national sports body was established by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of Government of India for the development of sport in the country. SAI has 2 Sports Academic institutions, 10 SAI Regional Centres, 14 Centre of Excellence, 56 Sports Training Centres and 20 Special Area Games centres. It also manages Netaji Subhash High Altitude Training Centre at Shilaroo in Himachal Pradesh as well as five stadiums in Delhi – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which also houses the sports’ body’s headquarters, Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium and Arena, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, SPM Swimming Pool Complex (Talkatora Stadium), Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range as well as Siri Fort Badminton and Squash complexes.
The Sports Authority of India had originated with the committee formed to host the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi.