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Athletes yet to get daily allowance

New Delhi: A sizeable chunk of Indian athletes are yet to get their full quota of daily allowance a week into the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Most of the 215-strong Indian contingent have spent more than 10 days without the full allowance which has been increased to $50 from $25.

The squash squad, including Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal, have not been paid their dues at all while the tabale tennis players received half of the allowance just on Monday night.

“We have not got anything so far but we are told we should be getting it soon,” Ghosal said.

Soumyajit Ghosh, part of the men’s table tennis side, said he received his 10-day allowance as per $25 and not the increased amount.

“We have got it for 10 days just yesterday. Don’t know much about the rest of the amount. Hopefully, we will get that later,” said Ghosh, the reigning national champion.

Sports secretary Ajit Sharan explained the delay in the disbursement of daily allowance. “The allowance was doubled on Friday after we got approval from the finance ministry. However, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has not yet opened a bank account in Glasgow so the money could not be transferred,” Sharan said.

“But there is nothing to worry about. All the athletes will get their due allowance.