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SAI, MYAS, and IOA join hands to extend support to ex-international athletes and coaches during the crisis

The world is going through a tough time, as the second wave of coronavirus has made things more complicated for the country. Yet, the nation is doing its best to support its citizens in all possible ways.

SAI, MYAS, and SAI join hands to fight COVID-19

Sports is one field that has united the nation for years. And to support ex-international athletes and coaches, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS), and Sports Authority of India (SAI) have joined hands. They will ensure that ex-international athletes and coaches have access to medical, financial, and logistical support during Covid 19.

Online platform for ex-international athletes and coaches

An online portal ( has been created for ex-international athletes and coaches to put forward their queries and requirements. The portal is operational, where the athletes and coaches can put forward their requirements for medical aid, oxygen, and hospitalization.

A national committee has been formed to keep a check on the system. Along with this, state-level working groups have also been formed to assist applicants from every State. The group includes – representatives of IOA, state government officials, and the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

About the initiative, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju said, “We stand by those who have contributed to sport in India all their lives and have brought laurels to the country. These are tough times and we want to ensure that our ex-athletes or coaches have a full support system to fight the Covid 19 pandemic. I am very happy about this joint initiative that has been taken by the Government and IOA. I am confident we will be able to help those in need.”

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya National Welfare Fund

In addition to this initiative, sportspersons will also be funded through the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya National Welfare Fund. Under this financial assistance will be provided to sportspersons and their family who need support.

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund For Sportspersons (PDUNWFS) was set up in March 1982. The fund assists outstanding sportspersons, living in indigent circumstances who had brought glory to the country in sports.

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