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Sports Minister inaugurated National Cycling Academy in New Delhi

Mar 6, 2014 11:20 IST

Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports on 5 March 2014 inaugurated the Sports Authority of India National Cycling Academy (SAI NCA) at Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.  The academy with complete back-up facilities has been set up following the decision taken in the 42nd meeting of the Governing Body of SAI.

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The finances of the academy will be maintained by Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports through Sports Authority of India. The Academy has been launched with a long-term perspective of making an Academy which will be financially independent and a self-sustaining venture.

Apart from the National Cycling Academy, on 5 March 2015, the Youth Affairs and Sports Minister also launched a project to create swimming pools at three stadiums in the capital, namely
• Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JNS)
• Indira Gandhi Sports Complex (IGSC)
• Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range

The estimated cost for creating the swimming pools is 907.50 lakh rupees. Jitendra Singh also launched a Community Connect Scheme to include sports and recreational facilities in JNS, IGSC, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Complex.

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The purpose of setting of the Academy
• Academy will cater in identification and nurturing of young talent at both sub-junior and junior levels
• It will also train the elite athletes on a run up to their preparations for international/national competitions

Earlier, in 2013 India received the first-ever Gold medal in the history of Cycling in the Asian Cycling Championship held at Bangkok (Thailand).

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