Asian Games: 804-member Indian contingent gets nod


New Delhi: The sports ministry on Saturday cleared an 804-member Indian contingent for the Asian Games, which included 572 athletes.

The ministry will not bear the expense of 49 out of the 232 officials who are going to Jakarta.

While clearing all athletes (572), 119 coaches, 21 doctors and physiotherapists and 226 officials recommended by the Indian Olympic Association, the ministry said the 49 officials can be part of the contingent at the cost of their respective federations.

Out of the 572 athletes cleared to take part in 36 sports, 312 are men. The sports ministry cleared a 12-member IOA contingent, which includes the Chef de Mission and his four deputies.