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Haryana CM puts on hold order asking for a share in athletes' earnings

Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar said the policy will affect the morale of sportspersons

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Manohar Lal Khattar
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Chief Minister on Friday asked the to put on hold the order asking athletes to hand over a third of their earnings to the state govt.

On Twitter, Khattar said, "I have asked for the relevant file of 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 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 State Sports Council.

It further stated that athletes who are employed in any department of the 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 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 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. 

First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 19:28 IST