Mizo weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga and Manipuri Judo player Thangjam Tababi Devi bagged medals at the Youth Olympic Games, in Beunos Aires on October 9.
They along with other medal winners were felicitated by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) with cash prize of Rs 3 lakh, Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 1 lakh.
Indian athletes should be allowed to fly business class for international tournaments and have their dietary allowances doubled, Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta requested Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Sunday.
“Often when we see officials travel business class for international events and I find athletes travelling economy. I feel embarrassed. I would request ministry to consider business class journey for any destination that takes more than three hours,” Mehta said in presence Rathore and sports secretary Rahul Bhatnagar.
“I can assure if we take care of these facilities and increase dietary supplement allowance from Rs 450 to Rs 1000, you will see results coming. Hope during the next event at SAI, the sports minister will give us some assurance,” Mehta said.
The sports minister assured support the athletes need from the government.
“The Prime Minister met you all in the morning from his busy schedule which shows how important you people are. We have already put a process in place not just for 2020 Tokyo but also for 2024 Games,” Rathore said.