Sports Authority Of India (SAI), "Mecca" of Indian Sports
Established in 1984 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of Government of India, The Sports Authority of India (SAI) is the apex national sports body of India, a successor organization of the IXth Asian Games held in New Delhi in 1982 for the development of sport in India. SAI has 2 Sports Academic institutions, 10 "SAI Regional Centres" (SRC), 14 "Centre of Excellence" (COE/COX), 56 "Sports Training Centres" (STC) and 20 "Special Area Games" (SAG).
Aims & Objectives of Sports Authority Of India:
1. Talent Scouting at micro level & Nurturing talent towards excellence
2. Training & International Exposure
3. Support Training with Scientific & Sports Equipment and scientific personnel
4. Monitor and enhance Performance with a scientific evaluation system
5. Training and preparation of National teams
6. Sports Infrastructure Development & Maintenance
7. Maintenance and up gradation of 4 stadia complexes and a shooting range in Delhi
8. To produce coaches and physical educationists of high caliber in different disciplines of sports to broad base sports .
Sai regional centres:
SAI Netaji Subhas Regional Centre, Chandigarh
SAI Chaudhary Devi Lal Northern Regional Centre, Sonepat, Haryana
SAI Netaji Subhas Regional Centre, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
SAI Netaji Subhas North-East Regional Centre, Guwahati, Assam
SAI Netaji Subhas North-East Regional Centre, Imphal, Manipur
SAI Netaji Subhas Eastern Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal
SAI Udhav Das Mehta Bhaiji Central Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
SAI Netaji Subhas Southern Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka
SAI Regional Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra
SAI Netaji Subhas Western Centre, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
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Sports Authority of India - History
The Sports Authority of India originated with the committee formed to host the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. On 25 January 1984, "Sports Authority of India" was established as a registered society by the "Department of Sports"of Government of India's Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. On 1 May 1987, the "Society for National Institute of Physical Education and Sports" (SNIPES) was merged with SAI, and as a result, the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports(NSNIS) at Patiala and its allied centres at Bhopal, Bangalore, Kolkata and Gandhinagar and the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education at Thiruvananthapuram also came under SAI. The Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports at Patiala and the Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education at Thiruvananthapuram became its academic wings. In 1995, Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education at Gwalior became a separate "Deemed University".