If athletes face issues in receiving funds, heads will roll: Rajyavardhan Rathore


Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal (c) and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (L) with the CWG medalist during the felicitation (PTI Photo)

NEW DELHI, April 30: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Monday said he will not hesitate to sack his officials if they delay sanction of incentives for athletes but also warned against false accusations.
Speaking at a felicitation function for the Commonwealth Games 2018 medal winners here, Rathore said there was no dearth of money in Indian sports but the funds must be used for justified purposes by both the athletes as well as the federations.
“The officials in sports ministry and Sports Authority of India have been tasked to attend to your requirements and resolve your issues at the earliest. At any point in time if I hear that sportspersons are having issues in getting these incentives and funds there are few heads that will roll,” the minister said.
“But before you (athlete) make any accusation, please be very sure that there was an error on our part and not on your part. There was this case that came to me, an athlete was complaining that he or she was not getting the incentive money. I was about to suspend one of my officers but later found out that the money was allotted to that athlete one year ago,” he said.
India won 66 medals (26 gold, 20 silver, 20 bronze) at the Gold Coast CWG. In total 70 athletes won medals, counting the mixed team and doubles events in some disciplines. Rathore gave away the financial incentives to the medal winners in the presence of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra.
Most of the top athletes, including MC Mary Kom, Sushil Kumar, Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Mirabai Chanu, Neeraj Chopra, Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala and Jitu Rai turned up. The likes of Manika Batra and Heena Sidhu did not come because of their prior engagements. (PTI)