Khelo India Athletes to Get Rs. 1.20 Lakh as Pocket Allowance – SAI

16 June 2022, NEW DELHI – Khelo India Youth Games Scholarship Taking into account the upcoming Commonwealth Games, the Indian government initiated the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) that were held from 4 June to 13 June, 2022 in Panchkula (Haryana). The ten-day programme featured a total of 8,500 athletes, coaching staff, and support personnel from different regions of the country trying to compete for 1,866 medals that included 545 gold, 545 silver, and 776 bronze medals. The tournament also included more than 25 different types of games. 

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Witnessing the enthusiasm and competitive drive among the attendees of Khelo India Youth Games, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has decided to provide monetary support in the sum of Rs. 6,28,000 lakh for every residential athlete training at certified academies under the yearly Khelo India scholarship scheme. This would also include a Rs. 1,20,000 lakh out-of-pocket allowance (OPA). 

Out of the entire corpus of Rs. 6,28,000, the OPA (1,20,000 lakh per year) is directly deposited into the Khelo India Youth Games player’s savings account. The remaining will be allotted towards training, meals, accomodation, and education at the Khelo India Academy, where the athletes receive their respective training. For the April-June period, SAI has released OPA for 2,189 athletes from 21 disciplines, including para-athletes.

Khelo India Youth Games Scholarship – General Overview

Event Khelo India Youth Games
Governing Body Sports Authority of India (SAI)
Dates 4 June, 2022 – 13 June, 2022
Venue Panchkula, Haryana
Total No. of Athletes 8,500 
Total No. of Medals 1,866 (776 bronze, 545 gold, 545 silver)
Scholarship Amount Rs. 6,28,000 lakh in total for each athlete
Amount Distribution
  • Rs. 1,20,000 lakh as out-of-pocket allowance (OPA)
  • Remaining 5,08,000 lakh for meals, accommodation, training, and education
Mode of Receiving the OPA The OPA amount of Rs. 1,20,000 will be directly transferred into the athlete’s bank account.
Eligible Group Residential athletes training at certified academies under the yearly Khelo India scholarship scheme.

What does the Khelo India Youth Games Scholarship Cover?

  • A total of Rs. 6,28,000 lakh will be allotted to every residential athlete training at certified academies under the yearly Khelo India scholarship scheme.
  • An additional Rs. 1,20,000 lakh will be given as an out-of-pocket allowance (OPA).
  • The OPA sum will be directly transferred to the athlete’s bank account.
  • Athletes from 21 disciplines are eligible for this scholarship scheme.
  • Para-athletes will also be eligible for Khelo India Youth Scholarship financial assistance.
  • The remaining amount of scholarship, excluding the OPA, will cover athletes’ lodging, food, training, and educational expenses at the Khelo India Academy.

Who is Eligible for the KIYG Scholarship?

All residential athletes training at the Khelo India Academy are eligible for the Khelo India Youth Games Scholarship. This includes a total of 2,189 athletes from 21 disciplines, including para-athletes.

To know more about the Khelo India Youth Games Scholarship, please visit the official website of KIYG.


What is the out-of-pocket allowance amount for Khelo India Athletes?

The out-of-pocket allowance amount is Rs. 1,20,000 lakh.

What is the total amount of KIYG scholarship for each athlete?

The total amount of KIYG scholarship for each residential athlete is Rs. 6,28,000 lakh.

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Who is eligible for the KIYG scholarship?

Any residential athlete training at Khelo India Academy is eligible for the KIYG scholarship.


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