SAI sanctions Mirabai Chanu's training programme in US

The Sports Authority of India's Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) on Monday sanctioned Rs 40 lakh for star weightlifter Mirabai Chanu's two-month long overseas training in Kansas, USA.

The decisions was taken during MOC's virtual meeting, held to discuss financial proposals of over Rs 1.5 crores in six sports -- shooting, badminton, boxing, para sports, weightlifting and hockey -- part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).

"The committee sanctioned weightlifter Mirabai Chanu's proposal of approximately Rs 40 lakhs for a two-month overseas training programme in Kansas, USA along with her coach and physiotherapist, as well as her rehabilitation for a long standing injury that she had been carrying," the SAI said in a statement.

Besides, the committee sanctioned the proposal of shooters to procure ammunition so that they can train at their own home ranges due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.