A day after HT ­highlighted how athletes at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) were being deprived of a proper diet, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) jumped into action.
On Tuesday, SAI sent a proposal to the sports ministry asking for a hike in food allowance for India’s top sportspersons.
“Looking at the inflation, we have sent a proposal to hike the food money to the ministry. It is under consideration,” said Gopal Krishna, SAI director-general.
The HT article on February 5, titled ‘Plate half full, Indian athlete loses out to rising price’, exposed how NIS was struggling to feed its athletes with a daily food budget of only Rs 400 per athlete.
While the current proposal is under consideration, another report published by HT on October 15 last year, titled ‘Inflation hits elite SAI athletes where it hurts most’, has already made an impact. Following the article, the sports ministry has increased the diet money of trainees at the SAI training centres from R125 to Rs 175. At the centre of excellence, it has been raised from Rs 175 to Rs 225.
“The enhanced diet money will be effective from March 1,” said Krishna.