Elite athletes preparing for Tokyo Olympics, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games will receive a stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to meet their pocket expenses, sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore announced on Friday.
Rathore’s announcement meant that the sports ministry has accepted the recommendation of the Olympic Task Force, headed by Abhinav Bindra, in this regard.
The government has selected 152 elite athletes under the Target Olympic Podium scheme. All the athletes will get benefit from this decision. The stipend will be paid with effect from September 1.
MYAS @IndiaSports announces Rs 50k/month pocket allowance for 152 elite athletes preparing for Tokyo/CWG/Asian Games. Athletes first,always!
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) September 15, 2017
“The allowance applies with effect from 1 Sep 2017 & is purely for pocket expenses of elite athletes. Committed to providing all resources to our champions.”
The sports ministry was getting in touch with all the athletes selected under the TOP scheme to get training and competition exposure plan and any further assistance required for preparation of the prestigious competitions.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) September 12, 2017
After replacing Vijay Goel as the Sports Minister, the Olympic silver medallist had already made it clear he will focus on providing sportspersons across the country both ‘suvidha and sammaan’ (facilities and respect) so that they can improve their game and win laurels for the nation.
“We will focus on suvidha and sammaan. (We want to make sure that sportspersons get facilities as well as respect). We want to create an environment where they can improve their game,” Rathore said.