Rajyavardhan Rathore, the newly appointed sports minister, on behalf of the Ministry of Sports and youth affairs announced that 152 elite Indian Athletes preparing for Commonwealth games 2018, Tokyo Olympics and Asian Games will get a monthly allowance of Rs 50,000.
Rathore, a himself Olympic silver medal winner has took his twitter handle to announce the decision taken after considering the recommendations submitted by Olympic Task Force to the sports ministry on August 11 with an objective of improving India’s performance in Olympics.
While expressing his joy over the fact that India is thinking in the terms of ‘athlete first’ he said,” “This is just purely an out of pocket allowance so that whatever minor expenditures happen, they (athletes) have this money readily available to them. And they can focus on their training”
The athletes entitled to this allowance are selected under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme and the ministry will ensure that along with the stipend their strategic training and competition plans are crafted professionally. With the promise of granting them ‘suvidha and samman’ Rathore also announced that if required the selected athletes will get the further assistance for their training.
SOURCES: TOI , India Today
Priyanka Panwar – the 29-year-old, Asian Games gold medalist, has been slapped with a ban of over Eight years by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) after her samples tested positive for a banned performance enhancing drug named mephentermine. The NADA disciplinary panel has found her guilty of doping the second time, earlier she faced a provisional suspension of two years and returned to the action.
Panwar, along with Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur and MR Poovamma won the 4*400m relay gold in Asian Games in Incheon touched a new record of 3:28:68s. She along with five other athletes had tested positive for anabolic steroids in the tests conducted by NADA in Patiala in 2011.
Last year, in July 2016, she again failed a test for a banned stimulant during a national inter-state athletics championship hosted in Hyderabad resulting in her second provisional suspension. The action had been taken from the last year’s result and the 8 year ban will be counted from the day her provisional suspension began. This ban has put a virtual end to her career. If sources are to believed, another seasoned athlete, Arjun has also been tested positive for testosterone. The verdict will be announced after hearing his case. According to the reports of NADA, 40 athletes have been tested positive for doping this year and these number creates an alarming concern for Indian sports scenario.
SOURCES: ANI and Times Of India