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Assurance for CWG athletes

Glasgow: Raj Singh, chef de mission of the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games here, on Wednesday said the country’s athletes will be paid their full allowance of $ 50 per day after the funds are released by the sports ministry.

Singh’s comments comes after many athletes in the 215-strong contingent claimed they have not been paid their full dues a week into the Glasgow Games. Earlier, sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Delhi assured that the athletes will get their enhanced daily allowance at the earliest. The allowance earlier was $ 25 per day.

“Once the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports released the payment of DA (including enhanced one) it will be transferred directly into their bank accounts in India. We have received the bank details of the athletes and officials participating in the Games,” said Singh.

The table tennis team was paid half of their daily entitlement only on Monday.

“The Indian Olympic Association has made the payment of daily allowances to the athletes/officials of the Indian contingent for CWG 2014 as first instalment (upto 10 days) so far, except the squash team. The manager of squash team had said that they will collect the full DA on 30 July 2014 (Wednesday),” claimed Singh.

He further said: “The teams who have already left for India have been paid the full amount.”