INDIA’S ATHLETES FINALLY GET NEW SKIS FOR SOCHI

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NEW DELHI: India’s winter Olympians have finally been given state funds to buy vital equipment needed to compete, less than two weeks before the opening ceremony in Sochi. Indian sporting authorities were considering withdrawing alpine skier Himanshu Thakur and cross-country skier Nadeem Iqbal from the Games because funds for kit and equipment had not been released. But the government on Monday announced 1.05 million rupees ($16,700) for the pair, who are both competing in their first Olympics.

The funds are meant “for purchase of sports equipments, ski, ski boots and other essential items for the participants of Winter Olympics”, the sports ministry said in a statement.

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