A Memorandum of Understanding for this purpose was signed today in the presence of SAI Director General Injeti Srinivas.
     
The Academy is being established for optional utilization of the facilities being developed with National Sports Development Fund assistance at PGBF. SAI will also utilize the facilities at the Academy for national training camps and competitions.
     
The Academy will select 50 players in a nation-wide talent search scheme for induction in the age group of 11 to 14 years. SAI will depute its coaches and from other government organizations like Railways, Oil and Natural Gas and other central government or state PSUs.
     
Srinivas welcomed the joint initiative and stated that it would serve as a role model to professionalize sports coaching in the country. Gopichand expressed satisfaction that this could help in institutionalizing the present collaboration between SAI and his own efforts as a promoter of the sport. The SAI will be closely involved with the academy. 

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