New Delhi: The sports ministry has sanctioned ₹7.87 crore as out-of-pocket allowance for 2,625 Khelo India athletes undergoing training in 99 Khelo India academies and other centres across the country. These athletes were selected to train in various sporting disciplines under the Khelo India Talent Development Scheme, a grassroot-level talent identification and nurturing endeavour of the government.
The sanction is for the period between October and December this year, and will be paid to each athlete as a sum of ₹10,000 per month.
Of the total number of 2,625 athletes, 1,312 are undergoing training in Khelo India academies, and apart from the out-of-pocket allowance, the identified sports talent under the Khelo India Talent Development Scheme is given full support in terms of coaching, sports science, injury prevention, diet, lodging and education.
Each athlete in a Khelo India academy is given an annual scholarship of ₹5 lakh, of which ₹1,20,000 is directly transferred to the athlete's bank account as out-of-pocket allowance, the ministry said in a statement.
The Khelo India Scheme acts as a feeder to other elite schemes of the government, including the Target Olympic Podium Scheme. Athletes, including weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga, shooter Saurabh Chaudhary and swimmer Srihari Nataraj, are all Khelo India finds, who were later inducted into the core group or developmental group of TOPS.
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