The Sports Ministry of India has granted Rs 35 crore from its National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for an advanced training session of athletes included in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
The ministry also spent an amount of Rs 5.98 crore for athletes across 22 disciplines seeking funds from NSDF during 2018.
NSDF funds are allocated specifically for those athletes, who appeal for financial assistance from the government.
Replying to a question on the amount of funds disbursed, a complete data (till December 31, 2018) was released.
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— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) February 1, 2019
While Rs. 7.24 crore, Rs. 6.25 crore and Rs. 9.02 crore (all approx) were spent during financial years 2017-18, 2016-17 and 2015-16 respectively, the current year’s spending till December is Rs. 5.98 crore.
In most of the disciplines, funding sought has decreased with only Rs. 42.5 lakh disbursed in archery compared to Rs. 64 lakh during the last financial year.
Similarly, assistance sought has decreased in athletics (Rs. 1.04 crore to Rs. 87.5 lakh), badminton (Rs. 35 lakh to Rs. 27.5 lakh), shooting (Rs. 1.11 crore to Rs. 89.5 lakh), and weightlifting (Rs. 40.5 lakh to Rs.13.5 lakh).
The disciplines where more financial assistance was sought include boxing (Rs.52.5 lakh to Rs. 63.5 lakh) and chess (Rs. 9.45 lakh to Rs. 38.58 lakh).
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