The Sports Authority of India has given official approval to Mary Kom Boxing Academy for Khelo India Development Programme. Out of the 32 newly accredited academies across the country, Mary Kom Boxing Academy is the only academy to be accredited from the Northeast region.
The Khelo India Programme was an initiative launched by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs to revive the sports culture in India at grassroots level. The official website of Khelo India states that the objective of the programme is to build a strong support system for all sports played in the country and establish India as great sporting nation.
SAI has also identified 734 youngsters for Talent Development Programme under the Khelo India Talent. Since the programme targets the grassroots level, academies like Mary Kom Boxing Academy will play an important role. There is also a proposal on the table to develop more such academies across the countries, especially in the Northeast.
The accredited academy will receive funds from the central government, which will be utilized for training, boarding and tournament expenses of the athletes. In order to maintain the standards, there will be frequent reviews of the academies. If any academy falls short of the desired standard, the accreditation will be removed.