On Twitter, 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."
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.
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.
Twenty-two 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 share of their prize money.
Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar said the policy will affect the morale of sportspersons and might affect their performance. He also said the government should establish a committee of senior sportspersons and take their inputs before forming such a policy.
Another Indian wrestler, Babita Phogat, hit out at the notification, saying that the government does not realize the hard work a sportsperson puts in.