National Talent Search Portal finally goes active

The portal, www.nationalsportstalenthunt.com, aims to provide a direct link to help kids and youngsters reach the ministry and senior sports administrators with their achievements.

From left to right: Sports minister Vijay Goel, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas at the launch of the NSTS Portal, accompanied by Arjuna Awardees.   -  Special Arrangement

After months of planning and publicity, the Sports Ministry's ambitious National Sports Talent Search Portal was finally launched by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu here on Monday.

The portal, www.nationalsportstalenthunt.com, aims to provide a direct link to help kids and youngsters reach the ministry and senior sports administrators with their achievements. Anyone over the age of eight can register and upload their bio-data or videos on the website with the talented ones shortlisted for further specialised training. Parents, teachers and coaches can also register on behalf of their wards.

Appreciating the portal, Naidu also admitted that individual success in India was more a result of sustained perseverance rather than any systemic support from the government. “We need to create good infrastructure for sports in all states and nurture talent from an early age. Barring cricket and hockey earlier, our success in sports is sporadic and more a result of individual effort and excellence rather than any state patronage and encouragement. That must change,” he said.

He added that a transparent portal would not only help provide a level playing field for all applicants but also create a healthy competitive environment. “There is no dearth of talent in our country, especially with more than 450 million youth. We are overflowing with talent but in order to harness it, we have to put in place a robust system to spot and nurture talent and develop world champions.”

Stressing on the need to integrate sports with the existing school curriculum, Sports Minister Vijay Goel emphasized on the need to upgrade the working of SAI according to changing needs and aspirations. The selected sportspersons would not only be trained in their respective area of excellence at Sports Authority of India's centres but also get assistance in their studies and scholarships.

The portal has been one of Goel's favourite projects and has been in the making for a while now ever since he took charge of the ministry a year back.