Gill doubles cash awards for CWG and Asian Games

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2010, 20:09 PM IST

New Delhi: The Sports Ministry today
doubled the cash awards for gold medal winners to Rs 20 lakhs
for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games to encourage
sportspersons to come up with an improved performance in the
upcoming mega-events.

The announcement to increase the cash incentives was made
by the Sports Minister M S Gill, who also expressed confidence
that the Commonwealth Games will be held successfully in
October.

He said the main outcome of the Games would be the
performance of our sportspersons and the sporting legacy left
behind by the event.

"With a view to encouraging the sportspersons, the
Minister announced doubling of cash awards for the coming
Commonwealth Games and Asian Games to Rs 20 lakhs (from Rs 10
lakhs) for gold medalist, Rs 10 lakhs (from Rs 5 lakhs) for
silver medalist, and Rs 6 lakhs (from Rs 3 lakhs) for bronze
medalist," the Ministry said in a release.

Meanwhile, the State Sports Ministers stressed on the
need to enact a National Sports Act to bring more
accountability in the functioning of the federations and
promoting better governance.

"The State Sports Ministers unanimously resolved that
there was an urgent need for enacting a National Sports Act
for promoting good governance practices in the National Sports
Federations, including professional management, financial
accountability and good electoral practices," the statement
said after the annual conference of State Sports Ministers.

"They also recommended the setting up of a National
Sports Dispute Redressal Tribunal to ensure speedy resolution
of sports disputes, including player`s grievances," it added.

Gill also emphasised the need to promote and protect
playing fields, and urged the State Governments to set up
State level Playing Field Associations.

He referred to the new proposal for creation of Urban
Sports Infrastructure, which envisages 100 per cent financial
assistance for the setting up of community sports facilities
and sports academies, coach development etc, the release said.

PTI