Sports Authority of India will extend medical and accident insurance cover to more than 13,000 athletes, coaches and support staff from this year. The decision is to ensure the safety and well-being of all athletes and support staff in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The insurance cover of Rs five lakh each will be provided to all national campers, probable national campers, Khelo India athletes and junior campers training at SAI Centre of Excellence. They will also be given Rs 25 lakh cover for accident or death. It will come into effect irrespective of the dates of a National camp even if such camps have not been in operation in some disciplines so far this year.
Sports Authority of India has asked National Sporting Federations to identify the athletes and support staff for inclusion in the insurance scheme. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said, the athletes as well as coaching and support staff assisting them to realise their potential are the biggest stakeholders of the Ministry.
He said, the government wants to ensure that all athletes and contractual staff have health cover during these difficult times and even after.