THE ALL India Football Federation (AIFF) remained unperturbed by the Sports Ministry's statement that it won't “bear the entire cost of the national team's preparation for the 2011 Asian Cup”.
Reacting to the ministry's statement, Subrata Dutta, AIFF vice-president, said: “Even if it (ministry) supports us in case of a shortfall, it will be enough for us.”
“From 40 crores, the budget has come down to around 20 crores and whatever the ministry offers should solve our problem,” Dutta said.
The ministry had earlier stated that since the AIFF proposal was a lot of money, it would not bear the entire cost.
“The AIFF has briefed us about everything, including the I-League, but we can't fund their entire requirements. We will have to see how much they manage on their own and through sponsors. If there is a shortfall, some grants will definitely come from the government,” Injeti Srinivas, joint secretary, Sport Ministry, said.
“We have met a couple of times but how much the government share will be is yet to be decided,” Srinivas said.
Abhishek lifts title
Coimbatore: Abhishek Jha fired a three-under 69 in the final round of the LG Tamil Nadu Open to register his first victory in the current season of the LG Indian Amateur Tour. He finished with a tally of three-over 291 to finish six shots ahead of Rashid Khan, who submitted a level-par card of 72 for a total of 297.
Twin gold for Ayonika
New Delhi: Mumbai's Ayonika bagged two gold in the All-India Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial shooting championship in Pune on Thursday. She won gold in both the senior and junior categories of the air rifle event, shooting an aggregate score of 497.9.
New Delhi: Reetinder Singh Sodhi grabbed six wickets to help Air India beat Collage Group and sail into the semi-finals of the Hot Weather tournament. Score: Air India: 256 for 7 (Robin 55) bt Collage: 166 all out (Nemmat 44, Sodhi 6 for 26).