IOA seeks one-time financial assistance from Sports Ministry

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NEW DELHI: The Indian Olympic Association on Sunday requested the Union Sports Ministry to sanction a one-time financial assistance for the IOA, national sports federations and the state Olympic associations to tide over the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

IOA president Narinder Batra, in a letter to Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju accessed by PTI, has asked for financial assistance to resume sporting activities once the government gives the go ahead.

Batra requested the ministry to grant Rs 100 million for the IOA, Rs 50 million each for Olympic sports NSFs, Rs 25 million for the non-Olympic sports NSFs and Rs 10 million each for the SOAs.

“I appeal/request to you Sir, The Hon’ble Union Sports Minister Mr Kiren Rijiju to take up with Government of India to support/give one time grant to the NOC of India, National Sports Federations and State Olympic Associations in this pandemic period to enable them to tide over the cash crunch being faced by them,” Batra wrote.

“All sports competitions training and other related activities have come to a standstill and now in order to restart all these activities, it will require lot of financial support to IOA/NSFs/SOAs,” he added.