Pole vaulter gets Rs 3 lakh ex-gratia from Sports Ministry

New Delhi: The Sports Ministry on Wednesday
announced Rs 3 lakh assistance for pole vaulter Ajit Singh,
who had suffered major injuries five years ago.

"Dr M S Gill, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports
has sanctioned an ex-gratia assistance of Rs 3 lakh from the
National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons to Ajit Singh," a
Ministry release said.

Singh suffered major injuries in January 2005 during the
National School Games held in Pune.

The 23-year-athlete, who had won gold in Junior National
Athletics Championship at Meerut in 2004, had showed promise
before the accident.

Ajit had also won golds in Haryana State Athletics
Championship at Sirsa in August, 2004 and Junior North Region
Athletics Championship at Panipat in September same year. He
had also topped in Haryana State School Athletics Championship
in November, 2004.

"The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports came to know
from news reports that father of Ajit Singh has incurred huge
expenses on medical treatment of his son even by taking loans
from bank against his land.”

"Taking cognizance of his situation, Sports Minister
sanctioned assistance of Rs 3 lakh to Ajit Singh," the release