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BCCI to promote non-cricketing sports?

"We would fund the training cost of the best under-14 talent that plays a sport competed in the Olympics," said BCCI President Sharad Pawar.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 12:57 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Besides cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also plans to promote some non-cricketing sports in the country for which it is drawing up a number of schemes, BCCI President and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said here today.

The BCCI planned to spend a part of its earnings from sponsorships of the cricket matches for the promotion of some non-cricketing sports, the Union Minister said at a function.

"The BCCI would fully fund the training cost of any sportsperson, who is the best under-14 talent in the country and plays a spor that is competed in the Olympic Games," Pawar said, adding the apex cricket body would allot Rs five crore to all the cricket associations affiliated to it for preparing grounds at district levels.

Observers would be appointed to ensure that the funds allotted to the cricket associations were properly utilised, the BCCI President said.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 12:51 IST