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‘AIFF can meet shortfall in budget’

sports Updated: Jun 27, 2009 00:57 IST
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‘AIFF can meet shortfall in budget’

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.

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