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Government of Haryana provides Rs 15 lakhs to Olympic participants and Rs 6 crore to winners

On February 16, 2020, the State Government of Haryana announced that it will provide Rs 6 crores to gold medal winners at Olympic Games. The cash money prize is only for players representing Haryana.

Highlights

The State Government of Haryana has offered to provide the Olympic players with prize money. It will provide Rs 15 lakhs to every player participating at the Olympic Games 2020. The Government has also increased the prize money for players participating at Asian Games and Common Wealth Games.

The Gold Medalists of Asian Games are to be provided with Rs 3 crores. The winners of Common Wealth Games are to be provided with Rs 1.5 crores.

Above all, the stadium of the players are also to be provided with 10% of the amount received by the players

Pension

The Government has also announced pension system for the players. This is an additional assistance to players apart from the cash money. Also, the government will provide pension to national award winners such as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards, Dhyanchand and Arjuna Awards

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World Anti-Doping Agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has slapped Russia with a four-year ban from international sports events, over longstanding doping scandal. The ban includes next summer’s Tokyo Olympics (which opens 24 July 2020) and 2022 Beijing Winter Games. However, Russia’s anti-doping agency can appeal decision to Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days.

Highlights: WADA Ruling

The sanctions are harshest punishment yet for Russian state authorities who were accused of tampering with a Moscow laboratory database. WADA investigators and International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed that evidence showed Russian authorities corrupted data from Moscow lab that was long sealed by security forces. As a result, hundreds of potential doping cases were deleted and evidence falsely planted to shift blame onto whistleblowers.

The WADA ruling means that Russia’s flag, name and anthem will not appear at Tokyo Games, and the country also could be stripped of hosting world championships in Olympic sports. Although Russia’s athletes will still be able to compete in major events only if they can show that they are not implicated in positive doping tests or if their data was not manipulated.

For soccer’s 2022 World Cup, as per WADA ruling, the Russian team will play under its name in qualifying program in Europe. Bu, if it qualifies to play in Qatar, the team name must be changed to something neutral that likely would not include the word ‘Russia.’

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