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Sports activities Minister Kiren Rijiju mentioned the well-being of athletes, coaches and assist workers are his ministry’s precedence and the choice is in step with that goal.

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New Delhi: The federal government has determined to widen its medical insurance coverage cowl for sportspersons by growing the variety of beneficiary athletes and together with coaches and assist workers from this yr within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) mentioned on Thursday.

The SAI mentioned with this choice, the protection would improve to greater than 13,000 athletes, coaches and assist workers.

Sports activities Minister Kiren Rijiju mentioned the well-being of athletes, coaches and assist workers are his ministry’s precedence and the choice is in step with that goal.

“We need to be sure that all our athletes and contractual workers have well being cowl throughout these troublesome instances and even after,” he mentioned.

“They’re our nationwide property.”

All nationwide campers, possible nationwide campers, Khelo India athletes and junior campers coaching at SAI Centres of Excellence throughout the nation might be supplied an insurance coverage cowl of Rs 5 lakh every. Earlier the quilt was restricted to solely the elite athletes.

“That is new as a result of that is for all contractual coaches and workers who weren’t lined earlier than,” an official supply informed PTI.

The medical health insurance additionally consists of Rs 25 lakh accident or demise protection.

“By this initiative, we’re making certain that each one national-level athletes have insurance coverage cowl not simply through the nationwide camps however all year long,” Rijiju mentioned.

“We’ve considerably raised the insurance coverage cowl for Khelo India students and junior athletes as much as Rs 5 lakh per athlete every year,” he added.

This coverage will come into impact regardless of the dates of a nationwide camp and even when camps haven’t been in operation this yr.

“This can guarantee continuity within the insurance coverage and can present a lot wanted assist to national-level athletes, coaches and assist workers related to Nationwide camps.”

SAI has requested the Nationwide Sporting Federations (NSFs) to determine athletes and assist workers for inclusion within the insurance coverage scheme.

Information of these lined below this insurance coverage scheme might be saved within the Nationwide Sports activities Repository System to “create a clear, simple to entry course of which might be monitored recurrently.”

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Updated: May 20, 2021 — 9:46 am

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