The Sports Authority of India
(SAI) is a body set up by the Government of India
. It was created in 1984 to help promote sport throughout the country. Presently, it has six regional centres at Bangalore, Gandhinagar, Kolkata, Sonepat, Delhi and Imphal and two sub-centres at Guwahati and Aurangabad. The Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports
, the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education
, Thiruvananthapuram are the major sports institutes run by this body. It has also a High Altitude Training Centre at Shillaroo, Himachal Pradesh.
After independence, on May 7, 1961 the National Institute of Sports (NIS) was set up for the development of sports at the Motibagh Palace grounds in Patiala. On January 23, 1973, it was renamed Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS). On January 25, 1984, Sports Authority of India was established as a registered society. On May 1, 1987 the Society for National Institute of Physical Education and Sports (SNIPES) was merged with it and as a result, the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS), Patiala and its allied centres at Bangalore, Kolkata and Gandhinagar and the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education at Thiruvananthapuram came under Sports Authority of India. The NSNIS, Patiala and the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Thiruvananthapuram became its academic wings.