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Young Shooter Priya Singh Will Be Provided All facilities: Sports Authority of India

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| June 9 , 2018 , 13:38 IST

The Sports Authority of India on Saturday said that 19-year-old Priya Singh will be provided all facilities and looked after. The announcement comes in the backdrop of media reports suggesting that Priya had been shortlisted to represent India at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup in Germany. Reports stated that while Priya had been shortlisted she was unable to go, as she did not have the money to fund her travel and accommodation. Priya’s father works as a labourer.

Speaking to ANI, Priya Singh had said, “I want to take part but I've been told that I'll need Rs 3-4 lakh. My father is a labourer. He is trying his best but isn't able to arrange funds. I wrote to UP CM & PM Modi. I even went to Sports Min twice but couldn't meet him.”

Reacting to the news UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, “As soon as I came to know about it, I instantly approved an amount of Rs 4.5 lakh to be provided to her by the state government. Meerut District Magistrate has been asked to arrange her conveyance.”

Her father was quoted by ANI saying, “I requested MLA, CM, Sports Minister as well as PM, but didn't receive a response from any of them. I have sold my buffalo, have taken loans from friends and I will send her to Germany at any cost even if the government refuses to help us.”

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Sports Authority of India said it was committed to supporting Priya. Reacting to the news, SAI Director General Neelam Kapur tweeted, “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.”