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In a positive move by the Sports Ministry, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathod has sanctioned a financial assistance of rupees 5 lakhs to archer Limba Ram who is suffering from neurodegenerative disease. The Padme Shree Awardee is currently undergoing treatment in Jaipur. The three-time Olympian is working with the Rajasthan Government and is getting a salary beyond the ceiling of rupees 4 lakhs fixed under the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons. His illness came to prominence in April this year when his colleagues at the Rajasthan State Sports Council’s Archery Academy detected some flaws in his walking and speaking. The former Asian champion was then admitted to the Sawai Man Singh Hospital. A statement by the sports ministry read, “The minister in his capacity as Chairperson of the Fund, has relaxed the condition and by invoking the discretionary clause sanctioned Rs 5 Lakh considering that his widowed mother, widowed sister and her children, widowed mother-in-law and unemployed brother are dependent on him.” On hearing the news about Ram Limba’s admission to the hospital, the ministry sent a team of offers to visit the archer and enquire about the situation and also check whether he needed any financial assistance or not. “The sanctioned amount is based on the report of this Committee. The minister has also asked his officers to regularly visit him and give an update on his health,” stated the ministry. Hailing from the Saradeet region in Rajasthan, Limba was born in a poverty-stricken family. He used to hunt down birds like the sparrow, partridges with bamboo bows and reed arrows. At the age of 15, Limba was spotted by the selectors of the Sports Authority of India. Thereafter, he was trained by SAI from 1987, winning the National Junior Level Archery Tournament in Bangalore that year. Since then, he has been making the headlines, winning the Archery Asian Cup in the Men’s team event in 1989 and the Asian Archery Championships’ individual Gold medal in 1992. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, he missed the Bronze medal by a single point. He still remains one of the most decorated archers the country has ever produced!