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Diet money for athletes hiked

other Updated: May 15, 2011 01:15 IST
HT Correspondent

There is good news for India's elite athletes preparing for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The sports ministry has increased their diet money from R550 to 750 per day with immediate effect.

HT in its article dated May 6 'No meat to our Olympic challenge' had said that due to soaring prices, the Sports Authority of India was finding it difficult to meet the food expenses. And, because of which, meat items had been removed from the breakfast and lunch menu of national campers training at the NIS, Patiala.

"We want to provide the best facilities to sportspersons and because of which we have increased the diet money. The ministry has made it clear that money shouldn't be a hurdle in our preparation for the Olympics," said Gopal Krishna, secretary SAI.

In 2009, the government had increased diet money from Rs 350 to 550 for athletes preparing for the Commonwealth and Asian Games.