The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports was initially set up as the Department of Sports in 1982 at the time of organization of the IX Asian Games in New Delhi. Subsequently, the Ministry has been bifurcated in Dept. of Youth Affairs and Dept. of Sports under two separate Secretaries w.e.f. 30th April,2008. The role of the Government is to create the infrastructure and promote capacity building for broad-based sports as well as for achieving excellence in various competitive events at the national and international levels. The Department schemes are geared towards achieving these objectives.