Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Col Rajyavardhan Rathore has approved the participation of Kho Kho team from India at the First International Kho Kho Championship in England from 1st to 4th September, 2018, with financial support from the Government of India. Financial support for participation of the team in an International event has been approved for the first time in relaxation of extant guidelines of the Ministry which, inter-alia, lay down that sports disciplines like Kho Kho, which are categorised as “Others”, will not be eligible for financial support for participation in International sporting events.
The decision to provide financial support to the Kho Kho Federation of India for participation in the First International Kho Kho Championship in England has been taken by the Modi government with a view not only to give fillip to this traditional Indian sports and sportspersons but also to pave the way for its future mainstreaming at the International level and its possible inclusion in multi-disciplinary sporting events like the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympics, etc.
Earlier, Union Minister of State Youth Affairs and Sports Col Rajyavardhan Rathore has sanctioned financial assistance of Rs. 5 Lakh (Five Lakh) to former Archer Ashok Soren. The financial assistance has been given from Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons (PDUNWFS).