Overview Ministry of Sports, Government of India last month opened four stadiums in Delhi free of cost to federations and athletes. The goal is to take the movement of "Fit India" a step ahead by providing easy access to sports infrastructure. As of now, the stadiums are Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JNS), Indira Gandhi Stadium (IGS), Major Dhyanchand National Stadium (MDCNS), and Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range (KSSR). It is hoped that more stadiums will be incorporated under this free scheme in the future.
Who is eligible to avail free hiring of Delhi stadiums Both national and State Federations across India are permitted to use any of the afore-mentioned stadiums to host a competition or tournament or sports league. Those who are not SAI coaches (Sports Authority of India coaches) will also be permitted to train their wards with the condition that the coach has at least 10 wards that he/she is training.
Delhi stadiums venue locations and facilities Under this scheme of free access, each stadium can be hired for specific sports' disciplines, as follows –
1. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: Football.
2. Indira Gandhi Stadium: Wrestling, boxing, judo, and badminton. The facilities at this stadium include the main arena for the sport's competition as well as warm-up halls for some disciplines.
3. Major Dhyanchand National Stadium: Hockey, and swimming. The facilities at this stadium include the main playing area for hockey, the swimming pool, and changing rooms.
4. Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range: Shooting. The facilities at the range include a 10M AC range, a 25 M range, a 50 M range, a Final AC range, and Trap and Skeet ranges.
Important Note: The electricity charges of the stadium will have to be borne by the Federation which hires the stadium. However, if the Federation is scheduling a national level competition, then the Sports Authority of India may cover the cost, this depending on a case to case basis.
The locations with the complete address are –
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: Pragati Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi-110003.
Indira Gandhi Stadium: Indraprastha Estate, GT Road, near Raj Ghat, IG indoor stadium, ITO, IP Estate, New Delhi, Delhi-110002.
Major Dhyanchand National Stadium: National Stadium, India Gate Circle, New Delhi, Delhi-110002.
Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range: Suraj Kund Rd, Tughlakabad, New Delhi, Delhi-110044.
Online booking process and contact details A Federation or a Coach can book any of the four stadiums through an online registration and booking process at the official website of the Sports Authority of India.
The contact phone of the Administrators of each stadium and email ID are:
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JNS): 24369781. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex (IGSC): 23392729. Email: email@example.com.
Dhyan Chand National Stadium (MDCNS): 23389740. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range (KSSR): 26047802. Email: email@example.com.
(Contact on phone should be done between 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. only).
[Note to readers: Information of this free scheme was reported in leading national dailies. There is also an online procedure for paying to hire part of an SAI Stadium in Delhi, such as specific facilities, for both sports and non-sports events, for which another informative article will be posted soon.]
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