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Indian Athletes take to Twitter to protest against State Govt. Policies

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Highlights

  • Bajrang Punia lashed out at the state government's inability to respect athletes.
  • He complained about the cut in the prize money.
  • Vinesh Phogat and Neeraj Chopra also supported his cause.

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International athletes from the northern state of Haryana lashed out at the Manohar Lal Khattar government for disrespecting the sports fraternity by failing to formally felicitate the athletes. Moreover, the government has further announced a significant cut in their prize money. 

The state of affairs was brought to light by on Wednesday, after 2018 Asian Games Gold medallist and renowned wrestler Bajrang Punia took to Twitter to hit out at the state government. He said that the laurel winning wrestlers from Haryana not only represented the state but also the entire country and that such acts at the hands of the government will only break the athletes’ morale. 

“The youths from Haryana have given such splendid medals to the state. Even if the state is a bit small, athletes from the state have made India proud all over the world. Their morale should not be broken by cutting down the prize money given to them. I urge the Haryana government to rethink on the decision,” Bajrang Punia said in the tweet. 

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Vinesh Phogat and Neeraj Chopra Come out in Bajrang’s Support

To further add weight to the matter, 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Vinesh Phogat also took to Twitter to blame Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij. In the tweet, she said that the government has indeed made its mind to disrespect the athletes.

“Dear sir, it seems like you had decided five years ago when you came to power that neither you will leave any athlete in Haryana, nor their respect. Be it a small or a big athlete, none of the athletes is happy with your policies,” Vinesh Phogat’s tweet read.

She followed with another tweet, attacking Anil Vij and CM Khattar by saying that she has never seen such lack of respect of the state’s athletes.

“Every time you try to disrespect the athlete. I have never seen such government which disrespects athletes in Haryana. I want to ask the government how many athletes have been given the prize money or have been given job,” she tweeted.

2018 Asian Games gold medalist and Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra too asked the government to award the athletes with the promised sum so that they would be able to focus on the game.

Sports Minister’s Reply

The athletes from Haryana are protesting against the state government‘s negligent policies on sports. These include chopping off the prize money and not providing employment to the medalists. Last week, the Government also canceled out a state-level function to award the sportspersons and instead decided to transfer the cash prize directly into their respective bank accounts. The athletes who won medals at the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Para Games during 2016 and 2019 were to be honoured at the function.

In reply to the star wrestler’s tweets, sports Minister of Haryana, Anil Vij, said that the government never disrespected sportspersons. ” On the basis of sports policy prize money has been distributed. If there is some discrepancy they can speak to the department. We have never disrespected our sportspersons,” he said.

Update

Bajrang Punia has tweeted more Tweets on the government’s failure to support athletes of the country.

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Monish Gadiya
Monish Gadiya is the Head of Content at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in Civil Engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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