Government to encourage medal winners of Olympics, Asian as well as Commonwealth Games

Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Shri Jitu Patwari held a direct dialogue on the development of sports with the office-bearers of sports associations and the coaches honoured with the Vishwamitra award and the Arjun, Vikram, Eklavya awardee players.

He said that important suggestions received through this dialogue will be implemented seriously so that the players get encouragement and sports is developed.

If the players of the state participate in the Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, then the government will encourage them. Just as in other states, crores of rupees are made available to the players as honorarium, similarly our players too will be given a hiked amount of incentive.

The proposal has been prepared and sent to the Finance Department. Sports Minister Shri Patwari was addressing a Samvad programme at Martial Arts Hall situated in the T.T. Nagar Stadium today.

Significant suggestions were given by Arjun, Vikram, Eklavya awardee players and coaches honoured with Vishwamitra Award and the office-bearers of the sports associations for the development of sports in the state during the programme.

Encouraging the players, Minister Shri Patwari told that the gold medal winners of Olympics are proposed to be given Rs. 3 crore, silver winners Rs 2 crore and bronze winners Rs. 1 crore.

Minimum Rs 10 lakh incentive will be given for participation. Rs 2 crore has been proposed to be given to the gold medal winners of Asian Games, Rs. 1 crore for silver medal winners and Rs. 75 lakhs for bronze medal winners are proposed to be given. Minimum Rs. 5 lakh will be given as incentive for participation.

Rs. 50 lakhs are proposed to be given to the gold medal winners of Commonwealth or Asian Indoor Games, Rs. 30 lakhs to silver medal winners and Rs. 20 lakh to bronze medal winners and Rs. 2 lakh as incentive for participation.

A proposal to give Rs. 6 lakh to gold medal winners of South Asian Games, Rs. 4 lakh to silver medalists and Rs 3 lakh to bronze medalists besides Rs 1.50 lakhs as incentive for participation has been sent to the government.

Patwari said that if a player fails to get a job despite continuous participation in national level sports, then the government will ensure that no injustice is meted out to any player.

Minimum effective arrangements will be made for such players. The players will be given an incentive for participating in national, international level competitions. Apart from this, the incentive amount being given to the medal winners as a grand reward is being increased.

In order to receive training in the country, the player will be paid Rs. 1.00 lakh or actual (whichever is less), which will include the player’s to and fro travelling expenses, food, accommodation, training and medical expenditure.

Awardees laud Sports Minister’s initiative

This is the first time that suggestions were invited from awardees and players through a direct dialogue for sports development and in the interest of sportspersons. The initiative of Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Shri Jitu Patwari was welcomed by the awardees and players present in the programme. Players believe that through this Mahakumbh (Samvad) important decisions will be taken in the interest of the players by formulating the sports policy.

Principal Secretary Sports, Shri Aniruddha Mukherji, Director Sports Dr. S.L. Thausen, Arjuna awardee Hockey player Smt. Sunita Chandra, Shri Sayyed Jalaluddin Rizvi, Wrestler Shri Kripashankar, Shri Pappu Yadav, Shooter Sushri Rajkumari Rathore, Sailing Coach Shri G.L. Yadav and Rowing Coach Shri Dalveer Singh were also present in the Samvad programme.

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