What is National Sports Talent Search Portal?

What is National Sports Talent Search Portal?

The portal was officially launched by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu


Morung Express Feature

A sports talent search portal to spot the best talent from the young population of the country was officially launched by the Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium on August 28.

The National Sports Talent Search Portal – http://www.nationalsportstalenthunt.in/ – is an initiative of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and undertaken by Sports Authority of India (SAI).

The objective is to select talent from all parts of India and develops them into competitive athletes and participates in national and international level events, according to SAI website.

Any eligible youth can apply to the SAI schemes, who will be called for selection trials and the admission to the schemes will be subject to fulfillment of the eligibility criteria and battery of test as well as skill tests, it said.

The portal which is open for all and various schemes currently available are listed in the portal (http://www.nationalsportstalenthunt.in/iFileSAI/showScheme/showSchemePage)

Aspiring sports athletes to register themselves and showcase their talent by uploading their achievement data, videos or any other reliable documents, the website informs.


Registration Process

You can apply to a scheme in a simple three step process:

Step 1 – Register on the site. You can register for your ward.
Step 2 – Create a profile.
Step 3 – Apply for a scheme.


Current Schemes:

Currently, there are three schemes available at various SAI Training Centre:

1. SAI Training Centre (STC): The objective of the scheme is to groom the junior level sports persons in the age group of 10-18 years. For Individual Sports, it is 12 years to 18 years; and from 10 years to 18 years for Team Sports. The current application for both Residential and Non-Residential STC schemes is open till December 31, 2017.

2. Special Area Games (SAG): The Scheme aims at scouting natural talent for modern competitive sports and games from inaccessible tribal, rural and coastal areas of the country and nurturing them scientifically for achieving excellence in sports. The Scheme also envisages tapping of talent from indigenous games and martial arts and also from regions/ communities, which are either genetically or geographically advantageous for excellence in a particular sports discipline. The main objective of the Scheme is to train individuals having potential in a given sports in the age group of 12-18 years.

In Northeast, both Residential and Non-Residential programme are open till December 31, 2017 at SAI Aizawl and Imphal Centre.

3. Ext. Centre of STC/SAG Ext. Centre: The extension centres of STC/SAG centres Scheme was started to cover schools and colleges for wider coverage, with a view to develop sports standards in schools and colleges having requisite basic sports infrastructure and had shown good results in sports. Trainees in the age group of 10-18 years are selected under Non-Residential basis for regular training.


For Nagaland:

While one can apply at any SAI centre across India, in Nagaland, currently one can apply for four disciplines – Boxing, Football, Handball, and Sepak Takraw – at SAI Training Centre (STC), Dimapur.

However, at the SAI North Eastern Regional Centre (NERC), Imphal both SAG and STC schemes are opened in the following categories: Boxing, Fencing, Gymnastics, Judo, Karate, Shooting, Swimming, Weight-Lifting, Wrestling, and Wushu.

For futher detail, visit http://www.nationalsportstalenthunt.in/