Sports science is the discipline that carriers out and applies all relevant scientific studies to the domain of sports. It has been an integral part of the various sporting events and the life of the sportspersons for optimal performance.
The government has thus come up with a series of initiatives to boost the sports science set-up in the country. This includes setting up of Sports Science Centres and purchase of scientific equipment for the Sports Complexes of Sports Authority of India. Further, sports science departments will also be established in a few selected universities of the country. This announcement was made in the by the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Vijay Goel at ‘Chintan Workshop’ organised in New Delhi on November 10, 2016. The brainstorming session was attended by former Indian Hockey Captains Jagbir Singh and Viren Rasquinha and shooters Gagan Narang and Morad Ali Khan. Speaking in the meet, the Union Minister stressed on the need of world class sports science support for the sportsperson to reach their full potential.
Emphasising on the need to increase budget allocation to the Department of Sports, the Minister also added that support will be given to individuals and organizations that are engaged in promoting sports in various parts of the country. He also stressed on the need of the international players to take part in national championships in order to encourage the upcoming players. Sharing information about the appointment of foreign coaches, the Minister said that open advertisements will be issued and foreign coaches will be engaged wherever possible. The services of these coaches will be sought not only in training the sports-persons but also the Indian coaches. He also said that all existing sports facilities in the country including that of SAI must be utilized to the optimum.
The ‘Chintan Workshop’ was organized as a part of the on-going efforts being made by the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports to forge consensus on the vision for sports in the country and initiate coordinated efforts for promotion of sports. Discussions regarding measures required to be taken for achieving the twin objectives of Sports Policy – ‘Excellence in Sports’ and ‘Broad-basing of Sports’ was also part of the workshop. Two meetings with National Sports Federations and a round table discussion with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardees and Dronacharya awardees has already been conducted in this regard.
It is hoped that these developments will generate best performances from the sports persons as well as boost their morale.