Sports Ministry grants Rs. 110 crore to Kerala Government for conduct of National Games

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New Delhi, Sep 1 (ANI): The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved grant of Rs. 110 crore to the Kerala Government for the conduct of the 35th National Games.

The grant would be utilized towards upgradation of existing sports infrastructure, laying and development of playing surfaces and procurement of sports equipments, conduct of National Games including opening and closing ceremonies.

These games would be the last major domestic event before Commonwealth Games, 2010 and would be a curtain raiser to CWG 2010 and it would be the basis of selecting the national teams that would represent the country at CWG 2010.

It may be recalled that Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has allotted 35th National Games to State of Kerala, which are scheduled to be held in May 2010.

Kerala Government has initially requested Central Government for central assistance, at least 50 per cent, of the total projected requirement of about Rs. 600 crore for creation of sports infrastructure and conduct of 35th National Games 2010.

Earlier in May, a Central Team, led by Joint Secretary (Sports), Department of Sports and consisting of representatives from Planning Commission, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Indian Olympic Association (IOA), visited Kerala to evaluate the proposal for conduct of 35th National Games to be held in May 2010.

Based on interactions with the Central Team, the Kerala Government submitted a revised proposal of Rs. 220 crore.

The Central Team recommended that since it may not be possible for the State Government to bear the entire cost of Rs. 220 crore from its own resources because of resource constraint, Planning Commission may consider Additional Central Allocation (ACA) of Rs. 110 crore of the project cost of Rs. 220 crore) to the Kerala Government for hosting 35th National Games. (ANI)

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