The Indian contingent has been hit by controversy as the 2018 Asian Games reaches its closing stages. There have been several reports emerging from Indonesia that a sizeable chunk of Indian athletes are yet to get their full quota of daily allowance for a week.
According to an official, the Indian athletes have been provided with a forex card which is yet to be loaded by the Indian Olympic Association.
Athletes from major sports like tennis and shooting, who have yielded India three gold medals so far, are victims of this unfortunate incident. While the delay in processing the allowance might not have impacted the senior players much, but it has left the junior players rueing the inefficiency of the concerned governing bodies.
Given these current circumstances, most of the Indian athletes have already jetted off for their next assignments. The shooters are headed for the World Championships which will be held in South Korea, while doubles gold medalists Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan, will be looking to carry their momentum at the US Open in New York.
While it is the responsibility of the IOA to ensure that the athletes get their daily allowance, which is sanctioned by the Sports Ministry. S Kushwaha, deputy chef de mission from the Indian Olympic Association, admitted to being in constant touch with the IOA officials in Delhi and promised that the cards will be activated soon.
SO FAR AT THE ASIAN GAMES 2018
The 2018 Asian Games have proved to be quite a fruitful one for India, with the current medal tally standing at 27 medals - consisting of 6 gold medals. The highlight at the quadrennial event so far has been Vinesh Phoghat, who became the first Indian female wrestler to claim gold in this history of the Asian Games. The Indian men's hockey team have also enjoyed success by recording its biggest ever win after the 26-0 thrashing of Hongkong.
In the 2014 edition in Incheon, India had equaled the record for its best performance in the Games history, amassing 57 medals — including 11 gold. This time out the contingent of 572 athletes will be aiming to up the ante by bringing more laurels to the country.
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