Indian Football Team Faces Funding Cut for Asian Games

Defeat in the second of two matches against rivals Pakistan in friendlies has left many disappointed. India, twice Asian Games champions in 1951 and 1962, are ranked 150th in the world and will find it tough to advance in Incheon, where they are in Group G with the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

updated: August 26, 2014 17:59 IST
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The national Indian football team during a training session.


Mumbai: India's football team could be at risk of losing government funding before they head to next month's Asian Games following a recent demoralising defeat to arch-rivals Pakistan.

The Indian Olympic Association has sent a list of more than 900 people, including athletes and officials, to the sports ministry for approval for travelling to the September 19 to October 4 Games in the South Korean city of Incheon.

"The talks are at a very preliminary stage. We can't take an arbitrary decision and there will be meetings," Jiji Thomson, the director general of the Sports Authority of India, told Reuters on Tuesday when asked if a funding cut for the national soccer team was possible. "We will decide next week.

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