Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has announced an increase in diet budget of all athletes to bring parity.
The move will impact 12,500 athletes training in various centres of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Sports Ministry will release an additional amount of 150 crore rupees annually to fund the new diet budget.
Earlier, the diet budget for SAI trainees was 250 rupees. For junior athletes, the diet budget was 480 rupees and for senior athletes, it was 690 rupees. But the Sports Minister decided to make the amounts equal.
While having a meal at the athletes’ mess of the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, the Minister noticed different diets being served to senior and junior athletes and SAI trainees as the food budget for each section was different.
He thought the budget cannot be the deciding factor while planning an athlete’s diet since diet is key to the success of a sportsperson. The Minister also announced that supplements required by athletes, as per preion, will also be made available without delay.