New Delhi: The Long Term Development Plan (LTDP) prepared by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) last year, with inputs from batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, is in a shambles.
It also makes the country’s training programme for the next two Olympics uncertain.
According to sources, no progress has been made in implementing the programme despite repeated reminders from several national federations.
Sports ministry officials said that the programme was very much in place but lack of funds was the obstacle.
The sports ministry had committed to the programme after Tendulkar submitted the proposal to it, outlining a roadmap to find fresh talents in all disciplines from the junior level. The target was mainly the 13-15 years age group.
The proposal was submitted after Tendulkar was nominated to the Rajya Sabha. He wrote a two-page letter to then human resource development minister and sports minister, Kapil Sibal and Ajay Maken, respectively.
The elaborate presentation had 25 slides attached explaining the plan.
The ambitious scheme, modelled on Chinese and Eastern European countries, talked about identifying talent at schools and colleges. An ultra-modern monitoring system was part of the plan to realise dreams of winning international medals.
Tendulkar had outlined four points in his proposal – tap and nurture young talent, promote sports at university and college levels, revamp sporting infrastructure and make physical training part of school curriculum.
“The programme was liked by the then sports minister and was forwarded to SAI for incorporating in the LTDP,” said an official. “Since our programme was almost on the same line, we had no problem in accepting it.”
The trouble, however, was on the financial front. The LTDP programme was divided into senior and junior and sub-junior levels. It was estimated that it would cost between Rs 1200 cr to Rs 1500 cr, and would run till the 2024 Olympics.
“There is hardly any money and we have written to the sports ministry. Once the grant comes, it can be started. After all, it’s a huge programme,” informed a SAI official.
However, a senior official of a national federation said the LTDP programme has been shelved.