2022 Asian Games : MOC approves sailors’ proposal to train overseas ahead of 2022 Asian Games

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New Delhi, Dec 14 : The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports’ recently-reconstituted Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) on Tuesday approved proposals from four sailors, allowing them to train and compete overseas in the run-up to the Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou, China next year.

The proposals from the four Olympian sailors will cost more than Rs 2.75 crore, as per the statement issued by the ministry.

The 49er sailors Varun Thakkar and KC Ganapathy (Rs 1.34 crore), Laser Radial specialist Nethra Kumanan (Rs 90.58 lakh) and Laser Standard ace Vishnu Saravanan (Rs 51.08 lakh) will use the funds towards travel, boarding and lodging, coach entry fee, coach boat charter and coach salary until the Asian Games.

Moreover, the MOC ratified several proposals which had been approved on an emergency basis. These include Olympic Games Javelin Throw gold medallist Neeraj Chopra’s proposal to have his off-season training in Chula Vista, US and defending women’s badminton world champion PV Sindhu’s proposal for assistance to engage the services of her fitness trainer at the BWF World Championships in Spain.

The committee also approved the support extended to the development group of badminton players who competed in tournaments in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The cost of the exposure trip for Shikha Gautam, Ashwini Bhat, Priyanshu, Vishnuvardhan, Krishna Prasad, Ishaan, Saipratheek, P Gayatri, Treesa, Tanisha, Rutuparna and Samiya Farooqi was around Rs 45 lakh.

Besides, the MOC approved Abhinav Sathe as physiotherapist of the Indian men’s hockey team until the funding for his fee is given through ACTC. It was also decided to sanction Rs 4.90 lakh for badminton player Aditi Bhatt for three tournaments in Estonia, Sweden and Ukraine and Rs 3 lakh for Lakshya Sen towards his coach and physiotherapist for Badminton World Championships in Spain.

Skeet shooter Gurjoat Singh’s request for ammunition and clay targets was approved at a cost of Rs 2.23 lakh.


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