In yet another scheme aimed at developing Indian sports at the grassroots,the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to roll out the first-ever National Club Games.
The MoU,signed for an initial period of four years,will include seven team events in the first phase basketball,volleyball,football,handball,hockey,kabbadi and kho-kho. The last three will have both mens and womens competitions.
Aimed at developing a sports culture,tournaments will be organised at the village level beginning October this year. The games will be held at the state level in December. In February 2010 it will be organised at the zonal level,culminating in a national level event in May 2010.
However,the concept is similar to the PYKKA scheme by the sports ministry,though IOA secretary general Randhir Singh said there was no overlapping. That is a government initiative; this is something which is being done with the help of the corporate sector. The PYKKA will complement the scheme by developing the infrastructure, he said.
The first meeting of the coordination committee of the games was held on Monday with as many as 37 state Olympic associations and national sports federations meeting to devise a mechanism to work in association with government agencies and the IOA to implement the scheme across the country. The FICCI will be funding the conduct of the games and monitor their progress,though no one was willing to give the exact budget allocated to the project.
Questioned about ensuring there was accountability in implementing the scheme,FICCI sports committee chairman Atul Singh said the Games finance committee would monitor the entire process and the money would be paid out in installments to ensure there was total transparency.