For the April-June quarter, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has sanctioned Rs 6.52 crore in out-of-pocket allowance (OPA) for 2,189 Khelo India athletes across 21 disciplines, including para.
SAI to give financial assistance to each residential athlete
“A financial assistance of Rs 6.28 lakh is allocated for each residential athlete training at the accredited academies as per the annual Khelo India scholarship scheme. That includes an out-of-pocket allowance of Rs 1.20 lakh,” an SAI release stated.
The OPA (Rs 1.20 lakh a year) is sent directly into the athlete’s bank account, with the remaining going for training, food, lodging, and education at the Khelo India Academy, where the athlete trains.
“It also includes fees for travel to and from the athletes’ hometowns, diet costs while at home, and other incidental costs experienced by the athletes. The financing was provided through the Khelo India Talent Development (KITD) Scheme,” according to the press release.
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