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International Olympics Organization to postpone Tokyo Olympics 2020

Recently, Greece handed over the Olympic Flame to Japan. However, due to the increasing threats of Corona Virus, the International Olympics Committee is considering postponement of 2020 Olympics. The organization might postpone Olympics to 2021.

Highlights

The International Olympics Committee has set a time frame of 4 weeks to make a decision about the postponement of Olympics. The Canada Government recently announced its withdrawal from the game considering athletes safety and public health over the COVID-19 threats. Apart from Canada, North Korea and Indonesia have withdrawn from the game. The countries are withdrawing as the Corona cases are touching 335,000 world-wide and countries locking up to contain the disease.

Olympic Flame

The Olympics Flame Symbol represents the continuity between ancient and modern games. Every year the flame is lit at Olympia, Greece. It is then relayed to the site where the games are to be held. This ceremony is called “Olympics Torch Relay”.

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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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