Tokyo gold winners to get Rs 75 lakh from IOA, move exposes internal rift | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Thursday introduced that it might give the Tokyo Olympics gold medal winners a money award of Rs 75 lakh aside from giving every of the taking part National Sports Federations (NSFs) a bonus quantity of Rs 25 lakh.
The IOA Advisory Committee has beneficial that silver medal winners will probably be offered Rs 40 lakh, whereas the bronze winners will get richer by Rs 25 lakhs.
“It also recommended a sum of Rs. 1 lakh to each athlete representing the country at the Tokyo Olympic Games,” IOA mentioned in an announcement.
The IOA has additionally acknowledged the solutions of its advisory group {that a} bonus of Rs. 25 lakh be given to every taking part NSF and an extra help of Rs 30 lakh to every medal-successful NSFs.
Besides, a help of Rs 15 lakhs every will probably be obtained by different member National Sports Federations.
“This is the first time IOA is giving reward to medal winners and medal producing NSFs to such an extent,” IOA secretary basic Rajeev Mehta mentioned.
The advisory group additionally beneficial a pocket allowance of USD 50 per day to every member of the Indian contingent for his or her precise days of keep in Tokyo.
IOA additionally mentioned 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 in the states and in encouraging more athletes to take up sports.”
Mehta mentioned: “The Indian Olympic Association understands the hardships faced by the athletes and the federations and felt that support and aid is required by all National Sports Federations, State Olympic Associations and most importantly the athletes, after having overcome the hurdles and hard times during the coronavirus pandemic since March last year.”
But quickly after the announcement, IOA President Narinder Batra seemingly berated Mehta for attempting to take full credit score of the move, exposing the rift inside the nation’s sports activities apex physique simply earlier than the beginning of the Olympics.
Batra gave away the small print of an internal IOA finance committee assembly through which its chairman (*75*) Khanna has made the proposals.
“This message/email has reference to email from Chair Finance Committee IOA Mr Anil Khanna for financial approvals by circulation/ virtual based on some recommendations on 20th July, 2021,” Batra wrote to IOA members.
“…I had to leave for Tokyo on 19th July and the timing and purpose of this email by Chairman Finance Committee doesn’t surprise me.
“The agenda of the EC is set by the President and never by the Secretary General and Chair Finance Committee.”
The IOA chief, in turn, said it was him who initiated the discussion on giving one-time special grant to all member associations and NSFs during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“But we’ve got 4 individuals in IOA EC who simply need to take credit score for all the pieces and embarrassing to self glorify themselves and forgetting the misadventures which have been completed by some IOA funds,” Batra wrote in his communication.
Khanna, in the internal mail, had praised Mehta for raising Rs 25 crore as sponsorship money but Batra said the amount could have been much higher.
“The sponsorship cash might be a lot a lot greater if dealt with correctly in IOA and the company IOA has engaged for sponsorships wants to be discontinued/modified instantly after the Olympics,” he said.
“Mr (*75*) Khanna intentionally doesn’t point out in regards to the IOC Grant/Support by way of Olympic Solidarity which was round Rs 12 crore aprox through the present Secretary General’s first time period of 4 years from 2013 to 2017 to Rs 18 crore aprox, a rise of aprox Rs 6 crores through the present interval.
“Chair IOA Finance Committee can praise whoever he likes but aprox Rs 6 crores increase has happened during current cycle of Olympics.”

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