Generally, most disabled people do not have access to high quality sports and training facilities. This prevents them from practicing various sports, and enhancing their sports skills. Hence, the government started the 'Scheme of Promotion of Sports Among The Disabled' with a view towards promoting sports among disabled people, and enabling them to have access to advanced sports facilities.
Features of the Scheme of Promotion of Sports Among The Disabled
Under this scheme, the government will remove barriers preventing the disabled from accessing new sports technologies, and develop specialized systems for training talented disabled sportspersons.
Along with other developments, the 'Scheme of Promotion of Sports Among The Disabled' has also specifically created certain sports for persons with disabilities, such as wheelchair tennis, curling, fencing, basketball, rugby, baseball, blind cricket and blind golf. These sports are being promoted with the help of the states and the concerned National Sports Federations (NSFs).
Sports Authority of India (SAI) training centres, including the Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports at Patiala, will also be improved in a phased manner, to include training of elite sportspersons with disabilities, which will help them achieve excellence at national and international competitions.
In addition to the Scheme of Promotion of Sports Among The Disabled, another specialized scheme will be formulated to meet the particular needs of disabled sports persons in the areas of training infrastructure, training equipment and coaching.