PM Modi launches Khelo India App to promote sport and fitness

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the first mobile phone application of India's Sports Authority (SAI), "Khelo India App", to raise awareness of the sport and physical situation in the country.

The application, developed by SAI as part of the Khelo India program, aims to reinforce the Prime Minister's vision of developing the sporting ecosystem in India and turning it into a global sports superpower in the years to come.

"Today marks a major leap forward for sport in India, implementation will revolutionize every aspect of fitness and sports in the country and will harness the technology to identify and cultivate talent from an early age," he said Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

The application has three unique features that will make it easier for young people to take on the sport and also help identify potential champions among children across the country.

In the first section, users will receive information about the basic rules and regulations of 18 sports disciplines. It is a beginner's guide to the game, the equipment required to play, rules to be followed during play of the game, and scoring parameters.

In the second section, the user can access an exhaustive data store of sports facilities across the country where one can practice a sport in his hometown.

The list includes SAI facilities, facilities supported by SAI and private facilities. The app contains details such as address, phone numbers, location, and sports facilities available in the area.

The last section is the most dynamic feature that will help map out the basic physical fitness levels of children starting over five years for all schoolchildren in India.

The fitness department has eight tests that can be used to ascertain not only a child's fitness level, but it can also determine which athletic discipline a child can distinguish. Physical fitness data provided by physical education teachers in schools will be fed into the application and used to identify potential champions from across the country.

The application is available in both Hindi and English and once downloaded it can be used even when the parent or teacher has no internet connectivity.

This will ensure that even those children who live and study in villages and have no fixed Internet access can use this application.