It appears that the Sports Authority of India wants to ensure that boxing and archery get the right fillip despite their federations being under suspension for not complying with the sports code.
With the 2014 Asian Games in mind, the budget allocations for most games have been increased. Budget for boxing has been increased to Rs18.5 crore from Rs10.5 crore earlier, while archery has been allocated Rs10.5 crore from Rs5.5 crore.
Hockey is the biggest loser, for it’ll be given a mere Rs10.5 crore in the coming year. DNA had reported that SAI was unhappy with Hockey India’s extravagance and imprudent financial management. It had also censured Hockey India for exceeding its allocated budget of Rs5.94 crore for 2011-12 by almost double. HI has so far spent Rs11.77 crore and has further “forced” the government to pay for the Azlan Shah Hockey tournament trip to Malaysia in March.
Meanwhile, shooting has been rewarded for the show at the London Games. The National Rifle Association of India now has the luxury of Rs20 crore at its disposal in comparison to the previous budget of Rs11.32 crore.
SAI officials claim that athletics, shooting, weightlifting, badminton, boxing, judo, taekwondo and wrestling are on their priority list. Consequently, their allocations have been increased by at least 75 per cent. Also, the budget allocation for games such as gymnastics, golf, kabaddi, rowing, sailing, squash, swimming, lawn tennis and wushu have been increased by 33 per cent for the coming year.
Billiards and snooker, which won gold medals in the last Asian Games, have been given Rs 94 lakh in the next allocation. Table tennis, chess and volleyball are also high on priority. Even though wrestling is likely to be excluded from the 2020 Games, it gets the Indian government’s backing. The sport will get a hike of Rs13 crore from Rs7 crore earlier. Athletics, too, will get a boost — Rs11.5 crore from Rs6.5 crore earlier. Assistance to badminton has also been increased to Rs12 crore from Rs7 crore.