Commonwealth Current Affairs - 2020

Commonwealth Youth Games postponed to 2023

The 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games is being postponed to 2023 as it faced clash of dates with the Tokyo Olympics. The Tokyo Olympics that was scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8, 2020, was postponed by a year.

Highlights

The decision was taken by the Commonwealth Games Federation Executive Board. The 17th Commonwealth youth games were to be held between August 1 and August 7, 2021 in Tobago and Trinidad.

Commonwealth Youth Games

The Commonwealth Youth Games is an international sport event that is organized by the Commonwealth Games Federation. The first commonwealth games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Commonwealth games is being conducted since 2000. It was then conducted in 2004, 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2017. The 2008 Commonwealth youth games were conducted in Pune, India.

Commonwealth Games Federation

The Federation was formed in 1932. It is the foremost authority that frames rules for the commonwealth games. After the success of the first British Empire Games that was held in Canada in 1930, it was decided that games similar to that of Olympics should be conducted every four years.

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