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AIFF Has No Prize Money for National Women's Champions Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu’s women’s football team fought the odds to win the senior national championships, but unfortunately they have not gotten any richer after the triumph. The All Indian Football Federation (AIFF), according to reports in the Times of India, did not have prize money for the tournament which ended in Cuttack on Wednesday.

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Updated:February 16, 2018, 3:23 PM IST
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AIFF Has No Prize Money for National Women's Champions Tamil Nadu
Members of the Tamil Nadu women's team. (Image: AIFF)
Tamil Nadu’s women’s football team fought the odds to win the senior national championships, but unfortunately they have not gotten any richer after the triumph. The All Indian Football Federation (AIFF), according to reports in the Times of India, did not have prize money for the tournament which ended in Cuttack on Wednesday.

The monetary bonuses were awarded to only the best players in the knockout rounds, and that too by the host state government, Odisha.

The AIFF though have not been so step-motherly in their treatment of the men’s national champions, as Bengal the winners of last year’s Santosh Trophy a prize of Rs 5 lakh.

Chairperson of TN women’s committee Seeni Mohaideen said that the girls were heartbroken. “It’s the least the girls can expect. They are heartbroken and sad. They are from humble backgrounds. So they expected some financial reward for their feat. However, there were none,” Mohaideen told TOI.

Tamil Nadu forward Indumathi was awarded a total of Rs 25,000 for her performances during the quarterfinals and the final, whilst teammate Indrani was handed Rs 10,000 for being the best player in the semis.

The AIFF had though made arrangements for the teams’ stay and did provide the players’s with a daily allowance. “We travelled first-class in train and returned by flight. However, we will only get reimbursement for second-class fare in train. This entire issue is grossly unfair,” Mohaideen added.

When questioned, the AIFF said that this has been the norm in the past. “It’s not the first time this has happened. It's unfortunate. But yes, we will look into the matter,” said the official.

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| Edited by: Abhimanyu Sen
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