SAI releases Rs 6.52 cr out of pocket for 2,189 Khelo India athletes

New Delhi: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has sanctioned a total of Rs 6.52 crore as an out-of-pocket allowance (OPA) for 2,189 Khelo India athletes in 21 disciplines, including para, for the period April-June.

“A financial aid of Rs 6.28 lakh is allocated for each residential athlete training at the accredited academies as per the annual Khelo India Scholarship Programme. That includes an own contribution of Rs 1.20 lakh,” said an SAI release.

The OPA (Rs 1.20 lakh per year) is transferred directly to the athlete’s bank account while the rest of the amount is spent on training, food, lodging and education of the athlete at the Khelo India Academy where the athlete trains.

“It also includes costs for travel to the place of birth, dietary costs at home and other miscellaneous expenses incurred by the athletes. The funding has been made under the Khelo India Talent Development (KITD) scheme,” the release added.

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