Tokyo Games: Olympics Gold Medal Winners To Get Rs 75 Lakh From IOA, Moves Exposes Internal Rift

Tokyo Games: The IOA has decided to award Olympics trophy winners Rs 75 lakh, and silver winners are going to be presented Rs 40 lakh, while the bronze winners will get richer by Rs 25 lakhs.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Thursday announced that it might give the Tokyo Olympics trophy winners a cash award of Rs 75 lakh aside from giving each of the participating National Sports Federations (NSFs) a bonus amount of Rs 25 lakh. The IOA Advisory Committee has recommended that silver winners are going to be presented Rs 40 lakh, while the bronze winners will get richer by Rs 25 lakhs. “It also recommended a sum of Rs. 1 lakh to every athlete representing the country at the Tokyo Olympic Games,” IOA said during a statement.

The IOA has also acknowledged the suggestions of its advisory group that a bonus of Rs. 25 lakh tends to every participating NSF and further support of Rs 30 lakh to every medal-winning NSFs.

Besides, support of Rs 15 lakhs each is going to be received by another member of the National Sports Federations.

“This is that the first time IOA is giving rewards to medal winners and medal-producing NSFs to such an extent,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said.

The advisory group also recommended a pocket allowance of USD 50 per day to every member of the Indian contingent for his or her actual days of stay in Tokyo.

IOA also said that the member State Olympic Associations “will also receive a sum of Rs 15 lakh each, as a contribution from IOA towards developing sports infrastructure within the states and in encouraging more athletes to require up sports.”

Mehta said, “The Indian Olympic Association understands the hardships faced by the athletes and therefore the federations and felt that support and aid are required by all National Sports Federations, State Olympic Associations and most significantly the athletes, after having overcome the hurdles and adversity during the coronavirus pandemic since March last year.”

But soon after the announcement, IOA President Narinder Batra seemingly berated Mehta for trying to require full credit for the move, exposing the rift within the country’s sports apex body just before the beginning of the Olympics.

Batra gave away the small print of an indoor IOA committee meeting during which its chairman Anil Khanna has made the proposals. “This message/email has regard to an email from Chair committee IOA Mr. Anil Khanna for financial approvals by circulation/ virtual supported some recommendations on 20th July 2021,” Batra wrote to IOA members.

“…I had to go away for Tokyo on 19th July and therefore the timing and purpose of this email by the Chairman committee doesn’t surprise me.

“The agenda of the EC is set by the President and not by the Secretary-General and Chair committee .”

The IOA chief, in turn, said it had been him who initiated the discussion on giving a one-time special grant to all or any member associations and NSFs during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But we’ve four people in IOA EC who just want to require credit for everything and embarrassing to self-glorify themselves and forgetting the misadventures that are done by some IOA finances,” Batra wrote in his communication.

Khanna, within the internal mail, had praised Mehta for raising Rs 25 crore as sponsorship money but Batra said the quantity could are much higher.

“The sponsorship money is often much much higher if handled properly in IOA and therefore the agency IOA has engaged for sponsorships must be discontinued/changed immediately after the Olympics,” he said.

“Mr. Anil Khanna deliberately doesn’t mention about the IOC Grant/Support through Olympic Solidarity which was around Rs 12 crore approx. during the present Secretary General’s first term of 4 years from 2013 to 2017 to Rs 18 crore approx., a rise of approx. Rs 6 crores during the present period.

“Chair IOA committee can praise whomever he likes but approx. Rs 6 crores increase went on during the present cycle of Olympics.”

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