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Write a note on the Sports Authority of India (SAI) giving its objectives.

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The Sports Authority of India (SAI), was set up on 25th January, 1984 as a Society registered under Societies Act, 1860 with the objective of promotion of Sports and Games. It comes under Department of Sports, Govt, of India. SAI head office is in Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex, New Delhi.

SAI is responsible for the management of the following: 

1. One high altitude training centre called Netaji Subhash High Altitude Training Centre (Shilaroo, Himachal Pradesh). 

2. Two SAI Sports Academic Institutions (NSNIS Patiala and LNCPE Thiruvananthapuram). 

3. Five stadiums at New Delhi ( Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex, Dr. Kami Singh Shooting Ranges).

4. Ten SAI Regional Centres (SRC) are located at (Chandigarh, Sonipat, Lucknow, Guwahati, Imphal, Kolkata, Bhopal, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Gandhinagar). 

5. Fourteen “Centre of Excellences” at different parts of India. 

6. Twenty “Special Area Games” (SAG) at different parts of India. 

7. Fifty-six “Sports Training Centres” (STC) at different parts of India.

Objectives of SAI: 

• Talent Scouting at micro level and nurturing talent towards excellence. 

• Training and International Exposure. 

• Support Training with Scientific and Sports equipment and scientific personnel. 

• Monitor and enhance performance with a scientific evaluation system. 

• Training and preparation of national teams. 

• Sports Infrastructure development and maintenance. 

• Maintenance and up gradation of 4 stadia complexes and a shooting range in Delhi. 

• To produce coaches and physical educationists of high caliber in different disciplines of sports to broad base sports.

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