Sports Minister inaugurates National Cycling Academy in Delhi

New Delhi, March 5: Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday inaugurated the National Cycling Academy at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi with the purpose of boosting the cycling talent.

“I am happy that we have established a cycling academy here. We have also tied up with the international federation, so not only Indians will be here, people coming from other countries will be also be trained here with the best of trainers and with the latest technology,” said Singh.

Sports Authority of India (SAI) already has an Indoor Cycling Velodrome with air-conditioning facilities. It was decided in a meeting of the Governing Body of SAI to set up a National Cycling Academy (SAINCA) in New Delhi.

The academy will be funded by the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports through SAI with a vision of making it a world class academy that is going to be financially independent and a self-sustaining venture.

Cycling Federation of India that looks after the cycling discipline is in affiliation with the International Cycling Federation. They will be making arrangements for the support through Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by seeking support.

The Academy will work towards the identification as well as boosting of young talent at both sub-junior and junior levels. It will also look after the training of elite athletes for their preparations in international or national competitions.

The Academy has various facilities like a proper gymnasium and the latest technical support like a fully-equipped workshop for cycles which is being housed in state of the art infrastructure.

Sports Minister said that coaches shall be recruited from both India as well as abroad for the Academy.

It was a historic moment for India recently when the country won its first-ever gold medal for cycling in Asian Track Cycling Championship held at Bangkok (Thailand) in 2013.

Earlier in the day, Singh launched Community Connect Scheme at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex and the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Complex in New Delhi. This scheme enables various stadiums become multidisciplinary which will include sports as well as recreational facilites.

“Community connect programme, which we have launched a few weeks ago, some of them have been inaugurated today itself. It is the first step towards legacy usage of stadia, we have also directed DG SAI (Director General of Sports Authority of India) and of course, other officials that whichever agency is in charge of maintenance, they need to be pulled up to see that these stadia are in tip-top shape,” he added.

Singh also kickstarted an estimated 907.50 lakhs rupees (90.75 million) project in which swimming pools have been created, one each at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JNS), Indira Gandhi Sports Complex (IGSC) and Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range (Dr. KSSR) in the national capital. (ANI)