SAG Sports Complex, Campal in Goa along with six other states and union territories has been selected for upgradation to Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE). The other states include Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Tripura and Jammu & Kashmir.
Speaking about the decision, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said, “The government is taking the two-pronged approach of developing grassroot level infrastructure on the one hand and creating facilities for sporting excellence on the other. The KISCEs will be world-class facilities where the best sporting talent from all over the country will be trained to further India’s Olympic dreams.”
These centres have made the cut based on their past performances, quality of infrastructure, management & sports culture in the State, etc. Earlier this year, the Ministry had identified a total of 14 centres to be upgraded to KISCEs. The overall number now stands at 24 KISCEs from 23 States / UTs.
The following are the centres identified for upgradation under KISCE: Andhra Pradesh – Dr. YSR Sports School, YSR District, Kadapa; Chandigarh – Hockey Stadium, Sector – 42; Chhattisgarh – Rajya Khel Prashikshan Kendra, Bilaspur; Goa – SAG Sports Complex, Campal, Panaji; Haryana –Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, Sonipat; Himachal Pradesh – Indoor Stadium Luhnu Sports Complex, Bilaspur; Puducherry – Rajiv Gandhi School of Sports, Uppallam; Tripura – Dasarath Dev State Sports Complex, Badharghat, Agartala; Jammu & Kashmir – i) M.A. Stadium, Fencing Academy,Jammu ii) J&K Sports Council water Sports Academy,