Khade seeks cash incentives for SAG medal winners

Updated: Feb 06, 2010, 17:04 PM IST

Dhaka: With hardly any cash incentive for
medal winners in South Asian Games, India`s top swimmer
Veerdhawal Khade feels that the athletes lack motivation to
take part in the biggest sporting extravaganza of the region.

"We need cash incentive for medal winners as it could
inspire more sportpersons to compete. It will definitely help
motivate sportpersons," Khade told PTI.

"The players spend a lot on travelling and training. Some
cash incentive would definitely help. Moreover, it would not
only act as a recognition, but also increases the motivation
level," said Khade, who in 2008 became the youngest ever
Indian swimmer to make the Olympics.

It was only on the insistence of the Indian Olympic
Association (IOA) that a full strength swimming contingent
studded with Olympian trio of Khade, Sandeep Sejwal and Rehan
Poncha decided to take part in the event at the last moment.

"Everybody was in a training phase preparing for the
Commonwealth Games (in October 2010). We were not prepared to
come here and did not know about our participation. At the
last moment, we were told to come here."