The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has assured the athletes and federations of non-affiliated sports, who were selected for the Asian Games, that all their expenses will be handled by the Ministry. The basic expenses include uniform for the ceremonies, training kit and competition kit.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had initially decided to include the non-affiliated sports like sambo,
After such a controversial decision, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore took an immediate action by communicating with the IOA regarding the issue. He said that no athlete should pay for his/her kit or uniform and revealed that the Ministry will provide the required kits and apparel to the respective Indian athletes.
According to a document provided by the Times of India, the price of the training and competition kits designed by the Chinese company Li Ning was around Rs. 18,000 to 22,000 per athlete. On the other hand, the price of a single uniform for the opening and closing ceremonies was Rs. 10,910.
The federations were shocked by the decision made by the IOA’s apparel company to ask an advance payment for the kits. A federation official said they were already overburdened by other important things and such a decision did not help the situation.
“It has caught us by surprise. We are already overburdened by the preparatory camps. This decision will not help us at all,” the official told TOI.