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Welcome move by Sports Minister; department to bear cost of kits & uniforms of minor sports for Asiad

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore stepped in after Indian Olympic Association (IOA) refused to cover cost of kits and  uniforms of those Asian Games-bound athletes whose federations are not affiliated with them. Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that he has directed Sports India to issue the same to ‘every’ team representing India.

The IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said that they do not cover the expenses of ceremonial dress and playing kits of the athletes who belong to unaffiliated associations. He added, “We are sending more than 540 athletes and more than 200 officials and the expenses for their attire run into crores and IOA has limited resources. So we signed these contracts with the sponsors but they cover only the players of the federations affiliated to the IOA and not outside it.”

The Sports Minster ordered through his twitter,  “No team participating in Asian Games 2018 will have to bear the expenses of kit and uniform by themselves. I have directed @IndiaSports @Media_SAI to issue kits and apparel to every team representing India.”

Out of the 37 sports India is competing in the Asian Games, seven governing federations — Bridge, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Roller Skating, Sambo, Sepaktakraw, Soft Tennis, and Sport Climbing — are not recognised by IOA. These sports constitute 114 athletes out of the 541 announced so far by the IOA. Out of these Bridge, Pencak Silat, Roller Skating, Sepaktakraw and Soft Tennis are recognised by the Sports Ministry while Kurash, Sambo and Sports Climbing federations are not recognised.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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