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The Union Government will launch a national talent search scheme to find out sports talent in various schools and institutions across the country.

Ajit Sharan, Secretary-Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, said in Delhi today while opening ‘India Sports 2014’ at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

The three-day sports event is organised by FICCI in association with Sports Authority of India with focus on ‘Making India as a Sporting Nation. This effort is to bring together senior decision makers and renowned Indian and international sports industry players to deliberate on profitable promotion and grassroots development of sports in the country.

Mr. Sharan also said that the setting up of Sector Skills Council in Sports is a big step towards making the country a sporting nation in future. He said that sports in India has witnessed stagnation in the last few decades.

The challenges in the sector call for immediate attention such as development of a structured system at the grassroot level to engage young boys and girls in the age group of 8-10 years in various sports; identifying and nurturing young talent based on their performance, talent and calibre; providing professional training, sporting equipment and wholesome nourishment to the identified sports persons; organising regular competitions of international standard at the domestic level to measure the performance of local sports persons; setting up sports science and sports medicine centres to support the sports fraternity and providing alternative viable vocational career options to players to ensure their livelihood.

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