Sports Ministry approves financial assistance to former athlete Sondarajan

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Jitendra Singh has approved financial assistance of Rs. 60,500 from National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons to former athlete Shanthi Sondarajan, who had won a silver medal in Asian Games 2006 at Doha, which was later withdrawn as she was not found eligible to compete in female category because of female hyperandrogenism.

Recently, reports have appeared in a section of the media that she is living in indigent circumstances and was working as a daily wager at a brick kiln in Tamil Nadu.

Sondarajan has applied for pursuing a regular National Institute of Sports (NIS) Diploma in coaching at Bengaluru Centre of Sports Authority of India (SAI).

Taking into consideration the poor financial condition of Sondarajan, assistance of Rs. 60,500 has been sanctioned to her to meet expenditure towards fee, lodging and boarding, sports kit etc for undergoing NIS Diploma Course at SAI Centre, Bengaluru. (ANI)

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