Siddhartha Upadhyay, founder of the Society for Transformation, Inclusion and Recognition through Sports (STAIRS), has been appointed on the governing body of Sports Authority of India.
“Mr. Upadhyay has been recognised for his efforts to build grassroots football and he will be an asset for the Ministry. He is now part of the governing council and I am sure that his inputs and ideas will help us structure new policies pertaining to sports,” Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports Vijay Goel said.
Commenting on the appointment, Upadhyay said “My mission has been to empower youth to climb ladder of success by enrolling them into sports and education. As a member of the Governing body of Sports Authority of India, I look forward to contribute towards sports development through a grassroots approach while broadbasing the eco-system to produce more champions.”
The new governing body also includes prominent sporting names such as Jwala Gutta, Gagan Narang, Ashwani Nachappa and Shiny Wilson.
Siddhartha Upadhyay had represented STAIRS in Steering Committee for FIFA U-17 World Cup, BRICS U-17 Tournament and Mission XI Million Programme.