Haryana govt justifies seeking 33% of athletes’ earnings in spite of protests

Written by Vinay Siwach
| New Delhi |
Updated: June 8, 2018 3:02:02 pm

Yogeshwar Dutt condemned the government order. (Express Photo by Renuka Puri)

Haryana has been a pioneer in offering government jobs to its meritorious sportspersons and awarding prize money for their achievements. But in a new notification dated April 30 from the Sports and Youth Affairs Department, the state has asked its sportspersons to “deposit one-third of the income earned by them from professional sports or commercial endorsements with the Haryana State Sports Council”.

The notification says that sportspersons will have to seek extraordinary leave (without pay) when they’re participating in professional sports events. The step, according to the state government, has been taken for the development of sports in Haryana. The notification is applicable to any…

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