The State government has promised to extend help to the 13 participants from India going to the World Dwarf Games 2013, including covering their expenses and paying their airfare.

The games are being held in Michigan City, the U.S., from August 3 to 10.

Minister of State for Sports and Youth Services Abhay Chandra Jain told The Hindu that a delegation had met officials from his department seeking financial help to make it to the event, following the Union Sports Ministry’s reluctance to fund their trip.

Paralympics Committee of India secretary general R. Rathan Singh confirmed that the State Sports Ministry officials had promised to cover the airfare of the athletes chosen by the committee.

As many as nine of the 13 sportspersons are from Karnataka. They are C.V. Rajanna and Nagesh N. (Kolar), Devappa More (Bagalkot), Thulasidhara and Siddalinga (Bellary), Renu Kumar and M. Prakash (Bangalore), K.G. Prabhu (Davangere) and Shanthakumar (Hassan).

Their coach is Ramesh Tikaram.