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Lucknow: Aimed at fostering sports culture in the state and promoting athletes, the Yogi Adityanath government through its new Sports Policy 2022 will not only engage itself in identifying the budding athletes in the state, but also develop sports infrastructure for quality training of the sportspersons.

Under the New Sports Policy to be approved by the state cabinet the government will also constitute the UP Sports Development Fund for providing world-class training and support to talented sportspersons for which a plan with an initial budget of Rs 100 crore is in the pipeline.

Additional Chief Secretary, Sports, Navneet Sehgal on Friday said that the New Sports Policy 2022 will prepare the players and sportspersons of Uttar Pradesh to excel in competitions like the Olympic Games.

“Sports talents from remote rural areas will be identified and all kinds of facilities related to sports will be made available to them along with quality training. Moreover, a sports authority will be formed in UP and a state-level training institute will also be opened for sportspersons in the state,” he said.

The ACS said that the proposed sports policy has been prepared with the aim of promoting sports through technology. “Playgrounds will be set up in every village in the state. At present, there are about 30,000 playgrounds in the state, and a target has been set to double them to 60,000. Apart from this, financial assistance will also be made available to private sports academies,” he said.

Sehgal said that under the new sports policy, UP Sports Development Fund will be created with an initial budget of Rs 100 crore. “This will be used for the purchase of sports equipment, foreign training camps, appointment of physiologists, psychologists and foreign coaches,” he said.

He said that district sports centers will also be set up in every district. “Apart from this, 14 Centers of Excellence will be established in the next five years for high-quality training for the players representing the state and the country in national and international competitions. Along with this, a physio trainer and dietician will be appointed in every division. A talent search committee will be constituted in every district to find hidden sports talents,” he said.

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