Funds planned for sports persons J`khand

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010, 19:01 PM IST

Ranchi: In a bid to encourage sporting talents, the Jharkhand sports ministry is planning setting up a separate fund to meet the expenditure of those participating in outstation events, state Deputy Chief Minister and Sports Minister Sudesh Mahto on Tuesday.

"The sports ministry is planning a proposal for the separate funds in the next budget," Mahto told reporters.

"Now too the government helps sportspersons whenever required," he clarified.

Mahto hailed Prakash Padukone`s `Gold Quest` initiative that had funded Sania Nehwal`s participation in a championship in Hong Kong which she won recently.

Jharkhand has a good stream of talent in archery, boxing and chess, besides ace archer Deepika Kumari who won double gold in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games.