Sportsperson in any country works very hard to maintain fitness and train to perfect their game. The hard work finally pays off with a trophy and winning prize money. Recently, the Haryana Government has asked sportsperson to deposit one-third of their income from participation and endorsements. The government says that it will be used for development of the sports council of Haryana. This has made people and various sportsperson angry.
"The Governor of Haryana is pleased to notify the following conditions governing the participation of sportspersons in professional sports or commercial endorsements and employed in any department of the state government or anybody controlled by the State," the order, dated April 30, read.
"The sportsperson shall be accorded extraordinary leave (without pay) during the said period. One-third of the income earned by the sportsperson from professional sports or commercial endorsements will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council. The money shall be used for the development of sports in the State," it said.
"In case the sportsperson is treated on duty with the prior approval of the competent authority while taking part in professional sports or commercial endorsements, the full income earned by the sportsperson on this account will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council," it added
The move sparked a backlash. "Does the government even realize how much of hard work a sportsperson puts in? How can they ask for one-third of the income? I do not support this at all. The government should've at least discussed it with us," wrestler Babita Phogat told a leading news agency.
Yogeshwar Dutt angrily tweeted:
"This policy should be reviewed. The government should establish a committee of senior sportspersons and take their input before forming a policy of this type. This will affect the morale of sportspersons and might affect their performance as well," wrestler Sushil Kumar said.
The Haryana government defended the move. "In any state government or central government, a government employee is not allowed to take part in commercial activities. The sportsperson can retain two-thirds of the income. The other one-third goes to Haryana sports development fund. No one is questioning the income derived from amateur sports. This is in the interest of the players. Because of their visibility, they are allowed to command their own fee," Haryana principal secretary Ashok Khemka said.
We hope that the issue gets solved as soon as possible and the decision does not affect players' game for the nation.