‘Sports Min spent Rs 895 Cr on Schemes; 1,344 women athletes under Khelo India’: Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi: Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said that all sports promotional schemes and facilities of the Ministry are equally available and accessible to women athletes.

The Ministry has also undertaken some specific initiatives for promotion of sportswomen in India. Under the ‘Sports for Women’ vertical of Khelo India Scheme, the Ministry has decided to launch ‘Khelo India Football Girls League’ in Under-17 age group.

A support of Rs 3 crores was given to the Boxing Federation of India for conducting the AIBA (International Boxing Association) World Women Boxing Championship, 2018 held in New Delhi.

Under the ‘Talent Search and Development’ vertical of Khelo India Scheme, 1,344 women Khelo India Athletes have been supported out of the total 2,741 athletes.

The funds are not allocated State-wise and Gender-wise. The total expenditure incurred under different Schemes for promotion of sports, including for women athletes in 2019 (till October) was Rs 894.87 crore out of which Rs 321.38 crore was incurred for Khelo India, Rs 328.49 crore for Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Rs 245 crore for National Sports Federations.

This information was given by the Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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