Olympic Preparation in Full Swing, Sports Minister Says Ready to Extend All Help

By: Editor
Date: 03 Feb, 2021
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Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju has reiterated the government’s support and funding towards sportspersons and preparation for the upcoming Olympics. Briefing media personnel of the details of the recently presented Union Budget 2021, the minister said that all of the sports federations had the continued support of the government and that the Olympic preparations were in full swing all around.

"This is the Olympic year and Olympic preparation is the major thrust of the Government right now. The big boost in SAI and NSFs budget will ensure that there is no shortage of funds and Olympic preparation is on in full swing. We are preparing in the best way possible,” the minister said.

Sports Authority of India, the nodal agency for Olympics preparation and offering financial aid to elite athletes preparing for the Olympics, has seen its budget rise 32.08% to Rs 660.41 crores for the upcoming fiscal while National Sports Federations have been allocated 280 crores – an escalation of 14.28%

“There is a major boost to the budget allocated to the Sports Authority of India, which is the nodal agency responsible for providing financial support to elite athletes preparing for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled in July 2021. A budgetary increase in the National Sports Federations (NSFs) will also assist further in supporting the Olympic preparation of Indian athletes,” outlined the Ministry in a statement.

Minister Rijiju added that all support that is required is being extended to both the athletes as well as the respective federations.
“There is no pending any kind of demand made by the athletes or federations. Sports Ministry in not facing any type of financial crunch. If we feel any requirement, revised estimate is always there”, the Minister explained.

Per the budget estimates the Ministry of Youth & Sports Affairs have an allocation of Rs. 2596.14 crore for FY2021-22, against an outlay of Rs. 1800.15 crore revised estimates in 2020-21. Although, an important caveat here must be that due to the corona virus pandemic, and subsequent lack of sporting action all across the country the figure Rs 1800.15 crore is a reduced figure from the actual allocation in FY 2020-21. Compared to the budget estimates of 2020-21, the budget estimate of 2021-22 is down 8.16%.

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