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With Olympics in sight, sports minister announces new pro athlete financial schemes

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 28 October 2015, 18:26 IST

Union sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced upward financial revisions to boost Indian athletes' preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics on Tuesday, 27 October.

With less than a year to go for the Olympics, Sonowal announced the revisions via Twitter after he addressed reporters in Guwahati.

Among the most significant changes made are the ones to the budget for hosting national tournaments, insurance policies for athletes and modes of travel across the country to play in various tournaments.

The salary of chief coach has also been increased, along with an introduction of evaluation of athletes' performance from a sports science perspective.

India is expected to send its biggest ever contingent to the Olympics next year. Over 100 athletes are expected to qualify for the games, with the sports ministry also mulling the prospect of sending the athletes to Rio a month prior to the beginning of the games to aid in the acclimatization process.

Fifty seven Indian athletes have qualified for the games in five disciplines so far - archery (4), athletics (12), hockey (16 men and 16 women), shooting (8) and wrestling (1).

First published: 28 October 2015, 18:26 IST
 
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