The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has decided to loosen up its pocket and spend a whopping Rs 1-1.5 crore annually to recruit a High-Performance Consultant preferably a foreigner. This will make him the highest-paid official working with SAI. The decision as per the Tribune was taken in the last week of May. The main role of the consultant will be to “drive, support, manage, sports development initiatives and performance goals for 2024 and 2028 Olympics”, the report added. SAI will put out the notification for the post and the shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by an SAI panel.
Besides this, SAI will be recruiting 14 officials too which includes four senior research officers, five athlete relationship officers and five research officers. The Tribune reported the senior officers will get a salary between Rs 80,000 to Rs 1 lakh. As for the athlete relationship officers and research officers, they will be paid Rs 45,000 and Rs 60,000 per month respectively.
The Indian sports governing body in the past six months has trifurcated its Training of Elite Management Support (TEAMS) division into three separate wings — The High-performance Olympic Division (HPOD), Priority Olympic Disciplines (POD) and TEAMS. It has been done to spread the workload and for the smooth running of managing the athletes.
While HPOD has eight disciplines under it — wrestling, weightlifting, athletics, badminton, shooting, boxing, hockey and archery — POD manages six sports — fencing, swimming, table tennis, rowing, cycling and judo. TEAMS, meanwhile, now take care of 24 disciplines, including Paralympic sports, gymnastics and taekwondo.
SAI removes Indian coaches Rs 2 lakh salary cap
The Sports Ministry on Saturday announced the doing away with of the Rs 2 lakh cap on the salary given to Indian coaches training elite athletes in a bid to encourage them to produce better results and attract former players to become high-performance trainers.
The announcement came after the ministry’s decision on Thursday to extend the contracts of all foreign coaches till September 30 next year and to make all future hiring — both Indian and foreign — for a four-year cycle in sync with the Olympics to ensure continuity.
“Several Indian coaches are showing very good results and need to be rewarded for their hard work. The government is also keen to attract the best coaching talent from across the country to train elite athletes and we do not want the cap on compensation to be a deterrent for good coaches to join,” Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said in a release.
“The increased remuneration and longer contract period is also to attract ex-elite athletes into the high-performance sporting ecosystem, and to use their experience and skill to train athletes bound for major international competitions, including the Olympics.”