Scholarships, Awards and Incentives
The Government of Tamil Nadu have instituted scholarships, awards and incentives for outstanding sports persons.
Scholarship for Elite Sports Persons (Gunning for Olympics):
A special scheme to prepare and assist the sports persons with potential to win medals in Olympics and International competitions has been launched. Under this scheme, six most talented men / women sports persons will be selected and provided with facilities for winning medals in international competitions (particularly Olympics). Assistance to participate in international competitions, to provide scientific training, high standard sports and training equipments and nutritious food will be provided to these sports persons at a maximum cost of Rs.25 lakhs per person per year. The scheme will be implemented at an annual recurring expenditure of Rs.1.25 crores.
SDAT Sports Scholarship Scheme:
Under this Scheme, outstanding National level medal winners are awarded by a scholarship of Rs.10,000/- for school students and Rs.13,000/- for college students.
Pension Scheme to Sports persons who are in indigent:
Outstanding sportspersons of yesteryears in indigent circumstances, whose monthly income does not exceed Rs.6,000/- and who have crossed the age of 58 years, are provided with a pension of Rs.3000/- per month during their entire life-time. After their death, family pension is eligible for the wife in her entire life time.
SportsPersons Welfare Fund:
A Sportspersons Welfare Fund has been created for providing financial help to those who are injured and suffer losses during their participation in National and State level competitions.
Reservation In Recruitment For Outstanding Sports Persons:
5% Reservation of jobs for outstanding sports persons in recruitment in Police Department is available. 500 seats have been allocated in engineering colleges and three seats have been allocated in Medical Colleges under sports quota for eminent sportspersons.
Chief Minister’s State Sports Award:
The Chief Minister’s State Sports Award consisting of a citation, a replica and an award of Rs.1 lakh is being awarded to outstanding sports persons, coaches and Physical Education Teachers, every year.
Chief Minister’s State Youth Award:
In recognition of the services rendered by the Youth for the Welfare of the society, Chief Minister's State Youth Award has been instituted and awarded for 3 men and 3 women in the age group 15 years to 35 years on the occasion of Independence Day every year. Each Chief Minister's State Youth Award will comprise of a cash amount of Rs.50,000/-, a Citation and a Medal.