After the Haryana Government asked its sports-persons to deposit one-third of their income earned from professional sports or commercial endorsements to the Haryana State Sports Council, Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar along with other state wrestlers said that the policy of such type will affect the morale of sportspersons and might affect their performance as well.
How can the Haryana Government suggest such a notification?
Sushil Kumar also said that the government should establish a committee of senior sportspersons and take their input before forming a policy of this type.
Speaking to ANI, Sushil Kumar said, “This policy should be reviewed. Government should establish a committee of senior sportspersons and take their input before forming a policy of this type.”
“This will affect the morale of sportspersons and might affect their performance as well,” he added.
Meanwhile, another Indian wrestler Babita Phogat hit out at Haryana government’s notification by saying that the government does not realize the hard work a sportsperson puts in.
“Does the government even realize how much of hard work a sportsperson puts in?,” she told ANI.
Further questioning government’s decision she said, “How can they ask for one-third of the income?” adding, “I do not support this at all. Government should’ve at least discussed it with us.”
Haryana Government finally stays the order
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar after getting the brunt from state athletes asked his state government to put on hold the order which would require athletes to hand over a third of their earnings to the state.
Taking to his Twitter handle, Khattar said:
I have asked for the relevant file of Sports Department to be shown to me & the notification dated 30th April to be put on hold till further orders.We are proud of the immense contribution by our sportspersons & I assure them of a just consideration of all issues affecting them.
— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) June 8, 2018
What was the Sports Notification all about?
Earlier, the Haryana Sports and youth affairs department had asked its sports-persons to deposit one-third of their income earned from professional sports or commercial endorsements to the Haryana State Sports Council.
As per an official notification, the amount will be used for development of sports in the state.
“One-third of the income earned by sports-persons from professional sports or commercial endorsements will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council. The money shall be used for the development of sports in the state,” the notification read.
It further stated that athletes who are employed in any department of the state government or any other government bodies participating in professional sports or commercial endorsements will be accorded extraordinary leave without pay.
The circular said that in case the “sportsperson is treated on duty with prior approval of the competent authority while taking part in professional sports or commercial endorsements, the full income earned by the sportsperson on this account will be deposited with Haryana State Sports Council.”
This is not the first time when the Haryana government has landed in a controversy.
22 athletes from the state won medals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April this year. However, the function to felicitate them was cancelled as the players threatened a walkout over the state government’s proposal to take a cut of their prize money.