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In the build-up to the Asian Games, The Sports Ministry of India has sanctioned Rs 4.95 lakh to go towards star wrestler Sushil Kumar's two-week training programme in Georgia. The SAI has gone a step ahead and also given the thumbs up and granted another substantial sum of Rs 25 lakh for athletes across seven other sports. Also read: Sushil Kumar’s name finds it way back on the TOPS list after 2 years The Mission Olympic Cell gathered yesterday for a meeting and deliberated on the funding proposals before clearing all of those related to training, competition, support staff and equipment expenses. “Rs 4.95 lakh was sanctioned to Sushil Kumar for a two-week training programme in Georgia ahead of the Asian Games along with one support staff and two sparring partners,” the Sports Authority of India said in a press release. It's not only Sushil Kumar in the favourable light of the Sports Ministry, but shooter Tejaswini Sawant has been sanctioned Rs 1.24 lakh for sports science evaluation across four months of January, February, July and August. Along with that, the training expenses of Akhil Sheoran for his pre-Asian Games training in Mumbai and Pune were also sanctioned at the meeting. “Rs 5.02 lakhs has been sanctioned for gymnast Rakesh Patra for his 12-day training camp in Mersin, Turkey ahead of the Asian Games. Apart from coaching fees, the expenses will also include the use of training venue, medical expenses and accommodation,” the Ministry said. Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold winner, boxer Vikas Krishan, has been sanctioned Rs 42,000 for the purchase of equipment, including shoes, lactometer and pulse oximeter to help out with his Asian Games stint. The proposals of six para-athletes, who are training in India and abroad ahead of the Asian Para Games that will take place between October 6 and 13 in Jakarta, were also cleared at the meeting. “In principle, approval was granted to four Indian Para-athletes Rinku Hooda, Amit Kumar Saroha, Dharambir and Ankur Dhama to continue their coaching camps at various SAI centres.”, the Ministry said. Amit Saroha The extent of financial support also went out to four Wushu athletes, covered under Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), were sanctioned for their Asian Games training at the meeting. Four Wushu players — Narender Grewal, Santosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Pratap and Sanathoi Devi — were sanctioned Rs 7.73 lakh for their month-long training in Shandong, China ahead of the Asian Games along with their coaches Rajvir Singh and Rajesh Tailor. “Rs 1.63 lakh has been sanctioned for Avani Lekhara, 10m Air Rifle Para-Shooter for the use of a coach, physiotherapist and personal escort during her three-month training for the Asian Para-Games from July 1 to October 5. Rs 5.95 Lakh has been sanctioned for Rampal Chahar, Para High Jumper for his overseas practice in Ukraine from July 16 to October 5. This will cover the coaching fees and expenses towards food and accommodation. “In swimming, ‘in-principle’ approval as per actuals was given to Srihari Nataraj for financial assistance for his coach Jayarajan AC to travel with him to Jakarta for the Asian Games,” said the Sports Ministry in the release. “All expenses for training and competition taking place outside India include airfare, visa and medical insurance.”, have been covered by the Ministry. The SAI has rolled up their sleeves and has finally sanctioned the much-awaited grants for the players headed to the Asian Games! This kind of motivation and support from the State is the need of the hour, and the Sports Ministry of India is doing just that!