Sending shockwaves to the entire national sports fraternity, the Haryana government has rolled out a notification that has taken many sportspersons by surprise. As per a government order, sportsperson from the state have been asked to hand over one-third of their earnings from professional events and endorsements to the Haryana Sports Council. This money they claim will be used for the development of sports in the state. But this new policy has drawn flak from athletes who called it a mockery of sportspersons.
Responding to all the criticism, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that he has asked the department to submit the report and to put the new notification on hold until further orders. He also applauded the sportsperson of his state and assured that he will resolve the matter as soon as possible.
The circular issued on April 30 states that the income collected from sportsperson will be used for boosting the sports culture in the state and to build infrastructure. Notably, the mindless move by the state government has drawn wide criticism from several athletes from across the country.
Outraged by the move, wrestler Geeta Phogat said that this new law is a mockery of a sportsperson. She also pointed fingers at the government for not making such a rule for the cricketers who get hefty amounts not only from the association but also from the professional events. Phogat was of the view that the sportsperson who play boxing, kabaddi, and wrestling do not earn as much as cricketers in India.
Speaking to media, wrestler Sushil Kumar said that the state government headed by Manohar Lal Khattar must review this policy. Talking more about the law, he said that the government must establish a committee of senior sportspersons & take their input before forming a policy like this.
Wrestler Babita Phogat is also upset with the new notification by the state government. Talking to reporters she said that that it seems illiterate people are making policies. She further claimed that she pays full taxes on money they get by winning the competitions. She also warned the government that if such policies are implemented the medal count will go down.