The Haryana government has cancelled the felicitation function for the Commonwealth Games medal-winners from the State.
The State had earlier announced cash awards of ₹ 1.5 crores, ₹ 75 lakh and ₹50 lakh to the gold, silver and bronze medal winners at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier this month. The awards ceremony were to take place at Panchkula today (Thursday).
However, some of the top players had threatened to boycott the event after the State Government had proposed to reduce the prize money. The State in the wake of the proposed threat by wrestler Vinesh Phogat, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and boxer Manoj Kumar decided to scrap the function.
The players were reportedly anguished at the State proposal to reduce the award package for the players who are employed by other agencies like Railways and the Services.
“We have decided to cancel the programme (proposed Awards ceremony). We will be holding a meeting soon wherein we will review the existing policy. Under our sports policy, it is quite clear that we have to give award money to those who have played from the state,” Haryana sports minister Anil Vij had told PTI. “There is no provision in the present policy to give award to those who have represented other bodies like Railways or the Army,” he added.
Annoyed, Vinesh has also tweeted to the PM about the poor State policies.
देश के प्रधानमंत्री @PMOIndia @narendramodi जी से इसमें हस्तक्षेप करने का अनुरोध है। सारा देश हरियाणा को उदाहरण के रूप में देखता है । वर्षों की मेहनत के बाद प्राप्त किया ये गौरवपूर्ण स्थान ग़लत खेल नीति के कारण गर्त में चला जाएगा । pic.twitter.com/iUei4mQwGp
— Vinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) 25 April 2018
“Desh ke pradhan mantri se is mamle main hastakshep karne ka anurodh hain. Sara desh haryana ko udaharan ke roop main dekhta hai. Varsho ki mehnat ke baad prapt kia gaya yeh gauravpurn sathan galat khel niti ke karan garat main chala jayega,” (I request the country’s Prime Minister’s intervention in this matter. Entire country sees Haryana as an example. We got this prestigious honour after years of hard work and it will go down the drain due to the wrong sports policy).
The State had reportedly decided to give “admissible award money to the player after deducting the amount paid to them by their employer agencies. The event will now be held after a review of the sports policy, Anil Vij had said.