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.