• SAI Confers First Ever Institutional Awards to 246 Athletes, Coaches

    The categories of awards included the Outstanding Award (for National level achievements) and Best Award (for International level achievements).
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    Sports Minister Anurag Thakur conferred first-ever SAI Institutional Awards to a total of 162 athletes and 84 coaches for their performance in national and international competitions on Wednesday.


    During the ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, cash rewards amounting to Rs 85.02 lakh were conferred on the awardees.

    Thakur praised the award winners for their achievement and said, “I heartily congratulate all athletes and coaches who have been awarded today. Sports is very close to the heart of our PM Narendra Modi ji and taking his vision forward, a host of facilities are being extended to athletes. Every athlete is an inspiration for his generation.” 


    He also pointed out the importance of sports being an integral part of the National Education Policy.


    Thakur said, “When the sporting achievements of a student are announced in his or her school, it inspires other students to look beyond just academics and include sports in their life. That is the power of an athlete. I am also glad that sport has become an integral part of the National Education Policy and therefore is a part of every student’s life now.”


    According to the press statement by SAI, the categories of awards included the Outstanding Award (for National level achievements) and Best Award (for International level achievements).


    The awards acknowledged the performance of the SAI athletes and coaches under the various sports promotion schemes at the national and international levels from 2016. Thus, the awards were granted to the deserving candidates for the years 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.


    The selection committee comprised senior SAI officials as well as eminent sportspersons, who streamlined the nominations received from the Regional Directors of the various SAI National Centres of Excellence.

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