Sports Authority of India National Cycling Academy (SAI NCA) inaugurated
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Jitendra Singh here inaugurated the Sports Authority of India National Cycling Academy (SAI NCA). The academy will be financed by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports through Sports Authority of India with a long-term perspective of making it a top notch Academy which is financially independent and a self-sustaining venture.
Speaking on the occasion, the Sports Minister Shri Jitendra Singh said, “The Academy shall cater to the identification and nurturing of young talent at both sub-junior and junior levels and the training of elite athletes on a run up to their preparations for international/national competitions.
He said, “The Academy which is being housed in world-class infrastructure is supported by a proper gymnasium and the latest technical support like a fully-equipped workshop for cycles. He said, the coaches shall be recruited from both India and abroad for the said Academy.”
Since Cycling Federation of India, an affiliate of the International Cycling Federation, is a major stakeholder in the Cycling discipline, necessary arrangements by way of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) seeking their support and giving them conducive environment shall be entered into.
In the second phase, after the initial setting up and stabilizing of the Academy is achieved, SAI shall also approach the World Cycling Centre of UCI at Aigle (Switzerland) to make their coaches available from time to time to guide in the training techniques and finally convert the academy into a satellite centre of the UCI World Cycling Centre.
Once the Academy is fully functional, stream of revenue generation to make the Academy self-reliant shall be opened by way of offering the facilities in the Academy to athletes in different countries for training as well as for practice sessions. It is expected that most of the Asian Countries, who do not have indoor track facilities will opt to train at this venue on payment basis and this will generate enough funds to make the Academy self-sustainable in the long run.
India recently had success in Asian Track Cycling Championship held at Bangkok (Thailand) in 2013, getting first-ever Gold medal in the history of Cycling.