Sports Authority of India, conducted the 55th Governing Body meeting today in the presence of our Honorable Youth and Affair and Sports minister Anurag Thakur. The meeting was held at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, in which some very crucial decisions were taken.
The very first decision that came out of the General Body Meeting was handing out promotions to athletes for their exceptional performance in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020, according to the official Twitter handle. Rani Rampal, the Indian women’s hockey captain was promoted from Coach to Senior Coach position, similarly, her teammate Savita Punia (Assistant coach) was named as coach. While Piyush Dubey, the Indian Men’s hockey coach was also promoted to the Senior Coach position. Paralympian High Jumpers, Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar, were promoted from Coach to Senior Coach and Assitant coach to coach respectively.
I'm happy to announce the restructuring of sports science and performance management systems in SAI towards better results in Olympics.
Over 300 sports science specialists and high performance coaches, analysts and other personnel to be hired towards targetted results. pic.twitter.com/0AC1CZdT0j
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) September 28, 2021
Another important decision taken during this GBM is the restructuring of the cadre of SAI and the secretariat of TOPS. The following decisions, especially regarding the restructuring of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme, were taken keeping in mind the idea of strengthening their support system, for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. As a result of restructuring, 300 additional posts for scientific staff along with sports analysts and other similar fields.
One another major decision was taken by SAI to provide a one-time grant of sum 6.87 lakhs to the family of former Asian Games Gold medalist and Arjuna award-winning late boxer Dingko Singh. The north-eastern boxer, died of liver cancer in June 2021, at the age of 42. This is a great gesture of benevolence by SAI, it shows that as a nation we will always remain grateful to the athletes who made us proud on the international stage.