The Sports Authority Of India (SAI) is facing an acute shortage of equipment at several of its regional centres. In documents accessed by the press, India’s foremost authority for sports and sports development in the country is reeling due to lack of proper sporting equipment and tools. In dire need of reinforcement of the same, the SAI has over the months got no assistance from the NRAI who has washed its hands from the entire situation.
The administrators of Sports Authority Of India centres across the country have written to the main headquarters in Delhi informing them about their plight and dearth of goods and tools. The national shooting academy in the Karni Singh Shooting range (KSSR) in the capital, swimming academy in Bengaluru, athletics and rowing schools at the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education in Trivandrum and the wrestling academy in the regional centre Netaji Subhas in Lucknow, have expressed concern about the lack of equipment or existing equipment beyond their expiration date.
According to the letters, in the case of the shooting academy, the KSSR administrator Manjushree Dayanand said that, since” there is even insufficient ammunition in the KSSR armoury, even for the national coaching camp, It will be difficult to start the academy from 1 August 2018.”
What is more surprising is the lack of help from the NRAI’s side. The National Rifle Association Of India which is supposed to supply ammunition for such camps opted to distance itself from the entire situation rather than stepping up to help the trainees.
” NRAI will buy the ammunition for campers and SAI will pay the amount back later, but we have no role to play in the shooting academy: if there is enough ammunition for our campers and there is a surplus available, then the trainees can the academy use it too,” an NRAI official responded.
With the Sports Authority Of India national and regional centres, the best and topmost stage for an athlete to develop himself/herself at, given the training, coaches and conditioning available there; the lack of equipment pertaining to multiple sports has put the sportsmen in a real muddle, hindering their progress. The SAI had also taken in 743 new budding young candidates into its centres under the Khelo India programme recently.