The Ministry of Sports has decided to open a total of 143 Khelo India centers in seven states to enhance the talent at the ground level, which will cost a total of Rs 14.30 crore. These centers will be set up in Maharashtra, Mizoram, Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. Each center will have one sports facility. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said in the statement, “It is our endeavor to put India in the top ten countries in the 2028 Olympics.” To achieve this, we need to identify and refine the players at their young age. “In the presence of good coaches and equipment at district level Khelo India centers, I am confident that we will be able to find the right children for the right game at the right time,” he said. The Ministry had planned to open 1000 Khelo India Centers in four years in June 2020. There is a plan to open at least one center in each of these districts. Of these, 217 centers have already been opened in many states. In addition, the Ministry had decided to open two centers each in the North East, Jammu and Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and Ladakh districts.
State wise Khelo India centers are as follows Maharashtra: 36 Khelo India centers in 30 districts with a budget estimate of Rs. 3.60 crores. Mizoram: Two Khelo India centers in Kolasib district with a budget estimate of Rs 20 lakhs. Arunachal Pradesh: 52 Khelo India centers in 26 districts with a budget estimate of Rs 4.12 crore. Madhya Pradesh: Four Khelo India centers with a budget estimate of Rs 40 lakhs. Karnataka: 31 Khelo India centers with a budget estimate of Rs 3.10 crore. Manipur: 16 Khelo India centers with a budget estimate of Rs 1.60 crore. Goa: Two Khelo India centers with a budget estimate of 20 lakh rupees.