Message from DG
The legendary Poet Dr.Bhupen Hazarika’s song “Ei Prithibi Ek Krirangan”, literally means "the world is a playground".The song aptly describes the true spirit of Sports, which fosters Peace, Progress and Prosperity. No wonder it was chosen as the Theme Song of the 12th South Asian Games (SAG), which were held at Guwahati and Shillong during 5-16 February 2016.
The 12th edition of SAG was unique in many ways. For the first time, the SAG was organized in two cities (Guwahati and Shillong); for the first time Women’s events were introduced in all the 22 sport disciplines that were played; and most importantly India pulled off a record medal haul.
With barely 6 months lead time, hosting a mega sporting event like this in the North Eastern region was certainly a big challenge. But with strong leadership and support from the top management and commendable team effort of the workforce, sports lovers were able to witness a memorable fortnight of sporting extravaganza in which Team India put up an unprecedented performance of 308 Medals. SAI too put up an impressive show with its current and ex-trainees winning 122 medals, accounting for 40 percent of India‘s medal share. SAI also contributed to the successful conduct of the Games by providing 3 competition venues, practice venues, and sports equipment, including surfaces and consumables. SAI also managed the Sports Functional area and 21 out of 22 sport disciplines’ competition venues; and Director General, SAI functioned as CEO SAG, Guwahati.
This year is a very special for all sports lovers, as it is the Olympic year and Rio Olympics are just round the corner. Our athletes’preparations for the Olympics is in full swing. We have already earned 70 quota places, which is likely to cross 100, which would make it the largest ever Indian contingent to the Olympics. We also expect the best ever medal tally this time and are hoping to cross double digits. Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Hockey, Lawn Tennis, Shooting and Wrestling are identified as the medal prospect disciplines for India.
SAI is fully committed to promoting sporting excellence in the country by partnering with various agencies. Recently, SAI entered into a MOU with Glenmark Aquatic Foundation for Swimming, Mary Kom Boxing Academy for Boxing and Gopichand Badminton Academy for Badminton. It is also exploring the opportunities of collaboration with International Sport Bodies. SAI has joined hands with International Centre for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) for developing a national coaching framework
I am confident that all these efforts will help in improving the overall sports ecosystem of sports in the country.