On September 1,2017,Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved the constitution of an Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) on the basis of the recommendations of the interim report of the8-member Task Force headed by AbinavBindra.It will increase India’s medal prospects in forthcoming Olympic games including 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.
Terms of Reference of the Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) : –
(i) The committee will review the core probable list of each High Priority and Priority disciplines for Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympic Games and make recommendations with respect to additions or deletions.
(ii) Review the Annual Calendar for Training and Competitions (ACTCs) approved by the Government in consultation with the National Sports Federation (NSF) concerned and make specific recommendations with respect to any additional or supplementary requirements.
(iii)Recommend specific plans / packages for TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme) beneficiaries selected by the TOPS committee.
(iv) Recommend names of national and international training institutions for their empanelment for providing training, coaching and other support to TOPS athletes, including negotiated packages.
(v) Make specific recommendations for strengthening sport sciences within SAI as well as outsourcing sports science support in the short to medium term for providing sports science support to national campers.
(vi) Recommend a panel of names of companies for carrying out athlete monitoring and data analytics work.
(vii) Prepare quality specifications for national camps for different sports disciplines; and monitor the camp.
(viii) Have all SAI(Sports Authority of India ) Regional Centres duly audited for holding national coaching camps.
(ix) Closely interact with National Observers appointed by the Government for obtaining their recommendations on the various issues.
(x) Assist the Government in mobilizing CSR funds for meeting additional funding requirements for training and preparation of the national team in various sports disciplines.
(xi) Assist the Government in formulating Qualification Requirements (QRs), job description and conducting selection process with the involvement of NSF concerned for inducting professionals, including High Performance Managers, in selected sports disciplines.
(xii) Prepare tailor-made sports specific strategies for selected sports disciplines, including selected para sports disciplines, for improving sports performance in different disciplines in terms of participation, progression and podium finish at the Olympics/Paralympics.
(xiii) Provide advisory support for setting up of Centre of Excellence for Para Sports at Gandhinagar (Gujarat).
(xiv) Develop Key Result Areas for High Priority sports disciplines.