SAI awards, first ever institutional award constituted by Sports Authority of India were conferred to 162 athletes and 84 coaches for their exceptional contribution in promoting the sports in India.  Amount to the tune of 85 lakhs was given to awardees in cash. Awards were given in ‘outstanding’ and ‘best’ category to the awardees for the peformance in the recent national an international events.

The first ever SAI awards were given to the athletes and coaches on Wednesday in the presence of in presence of Union Sports minister Anurag thakur and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik during a dedicated event at Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium , Delhi

According to statement, the awards acknowledged the exceptional performances of SAI athletes and coaches under the various sports promotion schemes at national and international level from 2016. the awards were given to the deserving candidates for the years of 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20.

Praising the award winners, Shri Anurag Thakur said, “I heartily congratulate all athletes and coaches who have been awarded today. Sports is very close to the heart of our PM Shri Narendra Modi ji and taking his vision forward, a host of facilities are being extended to athletes. Every athlete is an inspiration for his generation.”

Shri Thakur also emphasized the importance of Sports being an integral part of the National Education Policy. “When the sporting achievements of a student are announced in his or her school, it inspires other students to look beyond just academics and include sports in their life. That is the power of an athlete. I am also glad that sport has become an integral part of the National Education Policy and therefore is a part of every student’s life now,” Shri Thakur added.

Minister of State Shri Pramanik said that it’s a momentous occasion to see the awards given out in the year of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. I wish all the success to the champions. These awards are a way of assuring our athletes and coaches that the Sports Authority of India is always there to support them.

The selection committee comprised senior SAI officials as well as eminent sportspersons, who streamlined the nominations received from the Regional Directors of the various SAI National Centres of Excellence.

The awardees have also been given a specially tailor-made blazer along with a citation.

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