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SAI lodges FIR after several athletes fleeced of money through false Khelo India advertisement

In the advertisement, athletes have been asked to deposit Rs 6,000 for enrolling in the Khelo India camp and have been assured that they can participate in Khelo India Games after trials.

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New Delhi:  The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Wednesday lodged a First Information Report (FIR) with the Agra police in Uttar Pradesh after receiving complaints from grassroots -level athletes from across the country that an advertisement has been posted on social media platforms inviting applications to participate in the Khelo India Games scheduled in Panchkula in Haryana in 2021.

In the advertisement, athletes have been asked to deposit Rs 6,000 for enrolling in the Khelo India camp and have been assured that they can participate in Khelo India Games after trials. A phone number was mentioned in the said advertisement. Acting as an aspirant, the SAI has managed to get the bank account details of the person, a resident of Agra, who has been conning the budding athletes of their hard-earned money.

The advertisement also used the logos of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), SAI and Khelo India, which misled several athletes to believe it to be a government advertisement.

The SAI has lodged an FIR and asked for an immediate investigation into the issue. Khelo India is a government scheme and athletes do not need to pay any money to participate in it. No trials are conducted by SAI/Khelo India.

Athletes qualify for participating in Khelo India Games are selected based on their performances in School Games/University Games organized by the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) and All India University (AIU). With agency inputs

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