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Aizawl stadium to be upgraded

The Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl
 AIZAWL, Sept 16 - Aizawl’s Rajiv Gandhi Stadium will be upgraded under the Khelo India scheme as one of the first eight Khelo India State Centres of Excellence (KISCEs) in India under the Sports Authority of India’s flagship talent identification and nurturing programme, Khelo India.

 The stadium will be upgraded with a total budget of Rs 11.52 crore in four years, a PIB release stated.

The support will be in the form of infrastructure upgrade, setting up of a sports science centre and also soft components in the form of quality coaches and sports science human resources like physiotherapists, strength and conditioning experts.

“High quality equipment will also be provided to the players. The academy will also have High performance Manager to ensure quality sports science input and performance management,” the release said.

The Sports Ministry is upgrading existing sporting infrastructure in every State and union territory (UT), in partnership with the States and UTs. It is creating the KISCEs with the aim of promoting a robust sporting ecosystem in the country. Each KISCE will be given support in 14 Olympic sports, of which one State or UT will be given support for a maximum of three sports.

In the first leg, eight KISCEs have been identified, including the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here. The other KISCEs will be set up in Arunachal Pradesh, Telangana, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha, Karnataka and Kerala.

Speaking about the decision to set up the KISCEs, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said, “These Khelo India State Centre of Excellence is yet another step towards building a robust sports ecosystem on one hand and India’s pursuit of excellence in Olympics, on the other. These state-of-the-art centres will ensure that athletes proficient in a certain sport can be given the highest level of training and these centres become the best facilities in the country to train athletes in the priority sport for which they have been earmarked. I am confident this step will help to further India’s effort of becoming one of the top 10 countries in the Olympics in 2028.”

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