In order to bring transparency and to speed up selection of sports talent from multiple entries across India,  the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has launched an online National Sports Talent Hunt portal.  The portal aims to equip Sports Authority of India (SAI) to do a fair, fast, and transparent selection for it sports schemes. SAI is an apex National Sports body which takes in potential sports talent from across the country to develop them into competitive athletes. Currently, SAI has coaching and training for 30 different sports categories

How it works

The website allows anyone above 8 years to reach the ministry and senior sports administrators with their achievements. For which, one will have to register and make a profile/account. After making the profile, a user will have to upload their achievements or videos, after which one can apply to any eligible scheme of SAI. The portal allows parents, teachers and coaches to register on behalf of their wards. Users can also track their applications after login in their profile.

The shortlisted ones will be eligible to further get specialised training.The selected sportspersons will also be eligible to get assistance in their studies and scholarships, apart from obvious sports training.

First impressions

The user interface of the website looks smooth and understandable. We tried to make a profile for selection via the portal. To do the same, one has to register. The signup process is easy (took 30 seconds to complete), as you need to provide full name, email ID, mobile number, and Aadhar number (if you don’t have, you cannot go ahead it seems). Upon filling up the details, you will receive a password in your email. I kept waiting for the password, and I never received it. The platform also allows you to check your eligibility for the scheme via this page before creating a profile.