After reports appeared in a section of media about Sports Authority of India (SAI) not clearing the National Junior Women’s Hockey Camp proposed to be conducted in Bhopal from 19th August, 2014 to 30th September, 2014, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports clarified the situation through a press release.
According to press release, Hockey India was allocated a budget of Rs. 10.50 crore for its Annual Calendar of Training and Competitions for 2014-2015. Hockey India was required to determine its priorities for competitions and training within this budget. Any additional funding for its additional requirements depends on various factors including availability of funds under the relevant scheme.
Hockey India is also reported to have substantial funds of its own, raised from various sources. It is expected that these funds would also be used to meet the expenditure towards training of athletes.
The press release further clarified that, it is not mandatory for the Government to finance every activity proposed by the National Sports Federations. All National Sports Federations including Hockey India are required to mobilize additional resources to fund their various activities.
It is also stated that SAI has already released Rs. 11.27 crore during 2014-15 for various activities relating to Hockey India as against the allocated budget of Rs. 10.50 crore.