Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday sanctioned Rs 4.5 lakh for 19-year-old shooter Priya Singh, who otherwise could have missed out on the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup in Germany due to lack of funds.
After granting the required amount, the chief minister said that Meerut District Magistrate has been asked to arrange Priya’s conveyance.
“Such a promising and talented athlete should not be kept from an international competition because of monetary issues. We extended our support for that reason. We will keep this stance in the future also so that no athlete faces any such problem and they are encouraged to keep up the good work. I wish all the participants of the (ISSF) Junior World Cup the best and hope they get good news for the nation,” news agency ANI quoted Yogi Adityanath as saying.
Director General of the Sports Authority of India Neelam Kapur took to Twitter and said that Priya is part of the national camps that are fully funded by the government.
“Priya is part of the national camps fully funded by the Govt & is at 4th position in the country. 3 younger girls who scored higher are in the Indian Team. She will be provided all facilities to help her improve her scores and make it to the Indian Team,” she wrote in a tweet.
Priya, daughter of a Dalit labourer from Meerut, is one of six candidates selected for the 50-meter rifle prone ISSF Junior WC which is scheduled to begin from June 22.
She qualified for the event with a borrowed rifle and she didn’t have money to attend the prestigious event. She had approached the Prime Minister and UP Chief Minister to seek monetary help.