The Sports Authority of India (SAI), and the University of Birmingham have reached an agreement by which the university will help develop educational programmes that will help to further sports in India.
The educational tools can be used by sports scientists, coaches of all sports, and also for those who teach sports in schools. The aim of the collaboration is to help Indian athletes to improve their performance. A group of Indian representatives visited the University of Birmingham for two weeks.
In addition to research in areas that are of interest to both countries, the two entities are looking toward developing the next generation of Indian athletes. Work has also begun on shaping sports policy for India.
Injeti Srinivas, the Director General of the SAI, commented: “SAI is delighted to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the University of Birmingham, which is highly regarded in the area of sports science. SAI looks forward to partnering with the University of Birmingham and strengtheningits coaching development programme, as well as introducing state-of-the-art scientific support in training, evaluation, and preparation of its high performance athletes.”
At the recent Rio Olympics, out of all those who were selected to represent England, it should be noted that there were a large number of competitors who were educated at the University of Birmingham. The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 has ranked the School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham as the best in the United Kingdom.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, Professor Robin Mason, also commented on the partnership: “The University of Birmingham is proud to team up with the Sports Authority of India. I am delighted that our highly-respected sports experts are working successfully with the very people leading the development of sport in India.”