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Government spent ₹65 crore on Indian men’s hockey teams in last five years

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New Delhi: The government on Thursday said it has spent over ₹65 crore on Indian men’s hockey teams in the last five years apart from shelling out close to ₹104 crore on 20 infrastructure projects related to the game.

The government said the money was utilised for coaching camps, competitions and other expenses.

“An amount of ₹45.05 crore has been spent on senior hockey men’s team and ₹20.23 crore on junior hockey men’s team towards coaching camps, foreign competitions, domestic competitions, salary of coaches, equipment etc., during the last five years, i.e., 2016-17 to 2020-21,” Sports Minister Anurag Thakur’s written reply in the Rajya Sabha read.

“Further, 20 infrastructure projects worth ₹103.98 crore for hockey have been sanctioned under Khelo India Scheme since 2016-17.” The senior men’s hockey team returned with a historic bronze medal from the Tokyo Olympics.

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