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Help trickles in for Sunita and Savita

Sunita Kanna and Savita Kamble may have missed out on the cash prize in the Mumbai Half Marathon for technical reasons but they would get an award worth the same amount from the Lokbharti Party.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2009 12:32 IST

Sunita Kanna and Savita Kamble may have missed out on the cash prize in the Mumbai Half Marathon for technical reasons but they would get an award worth the same amount from the Lokbharti Party.

Hindustan Times had reported on Monday that the two girls from a remote village in Nanded district had finished fourth and fifth in the half marathon. But since they could not afford to buy the electronic-timing chip, which was mandatory for being eligible for the cash award, they had to forego the prize money.

Had the girls bought the chips, which were prized at Rs 200 each, they would have gone home with a collective prize money of $900 (approx Rs 45,000).

Party president Kapil Patil told HT on Monday that he would reward the girls with a cash prize of Rs 5,000 each and would buy them equipment for gear with the remaining amount. "Our general secretary of the region, Sham Nilangekar, would hand over Rs 5,000 each to them tomorrow.

We have also asked the organisation that supports them to send us the bill for the equipment they would buy and we will reimburse them," he added.