• For development of interest of the youths of the States towards sports, till date this Ministry has sanctioned 341 sports infrastructure projects across the country under Khelo India Scheme and National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) of this Ministry. In addition, under the Khelo India Scheme, 1000 Khelo India Centres in 679 districts of 36 States/ Union Territories and 32 Khelo India State Centres of Excellence in 31 States/UTs, have been notified. Further, 296 sports academies have also been accredited in 23 States/UTs.
  • National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) was established in 1998 under the Charitable Endowments Act 1890 and was notified by the Government of India in November 1998.
  •  The purpose of the fund is to impart momentum and flexibility to assisting the cause of sports in India.
  •  It helps sportspeople excel by providing them with varied opportunities to train under coaches of international repute, provide financial assistance for development of infrastructure and other activities for promotion of sports.
  • The Target Olympic Podium Scheme is a flagship program under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, funded by NSDF. It is an attempt to provide assistance to India’s top athletes. 
  • The Scheme funds a Developmental Group of Athletes who are medal prospects for the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles Games in 2024.

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