Sports Ministry announce stipend to athletes preparing for Olympics, commonwealth and Asian Games

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

Eight-year ban on Priyanka Panwar in doping scandal

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 






India seeking to bid for 2032 Olympic Games and 2030 Asian Games, pursuing government approval

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N Ramachandran today stated that he was in talks with the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach regarding the possibility of India hosting the event. He said that they have also approached the government to seek approval and they have agreed to discuss the matter in the Cabinet and will get back to them. He also stated that the IOA had plans of hosting the Asian Beach Games in 2020, the Olympic Council of Asia’s general assembly that year and the International Olympic Committee session in 2021.
Speaking to Reuters he said, “You cannot take a decision today and say that I want to host an Olympic tomorrow. It’s an eight-year process and you have to start now. If you are looking at anything that is 2032. That will give you 10 years to improve the infrastructure and you will have decision to make in the next 4 to 6 years”.
Seeing this as an opportunity, Ramachandran said that his main aim was to use these events to help the country improve its performances in almost every other sport apart from cricket and that it is part of a drive to put the country at the heart of the international sporting community. Giving the example of China who has time and again showed its economic muscle through sport, he pointed out that India being the kind of economic powerhouse it is, it should not be a matter of concern to host an event of this magnitude.
India last hosted the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 which was marred by a lot of controversies and has put a question mark over the country’s ability to host an international event of such stature. However, Ramachandran assured that there would be no repeat of blunders and that they had learnt from their past mistakes.
News Sources- India Today, The Scroll