Wednesday, April 23, 2014   

Indians without kits and money for Sochi
(01-14 17:12)

Two Indian athletes could be forced to pull out of next month's Sochi Olympics in Russia because promised state funds for kit and equipment have not been released, India's Winter Games chief said.
Winter Games Federation of India president Surendra Singh Patwal said time was running out for two of India's three competitors who each need about US$7,500 to take part in the Olympics.
“`We are still awaiting funds from the government because we do not have money to buy expensive clothing and equipment,'' Patwal told AFP.
“Each equipment has to meet Olympic specifications. We do not get them in India, they have to come from abroad. Unless the funds come, we can't even place orders for clothing and equipment.
“Besides, our athletes need time to train with the new equipment and there is hardly any time left. We were due to be in Sochi by February 4,’’ for the Games starting on the 7th, he added.
“We do not get sponsors. So unless the government gives us funds, we may have to withdraw at least two of the three qualifiers.''
   
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