In what comes as a shocker, the Haryana government has ordered athletes to donate one-third of their income earned from professional sports or commercial endorsements to the Haryana State Sports Council. In a government notification dated April 30, 2018, the government has asked sportspersons to deposit 33% of their income to the Council which it says will be used for development of sports in the state.
“One-third of the income earned by sports-persons from professional sports or commercial endorsements will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council, amount to be used for development of sports in the state,” a notification issued by the government reads.
The notification added that in case the sportsperson is treated on duty with prior approval of the competent authority while taking part in professional sports or commercial endorsements, the full income earned by the sportsperson on this account will be deposited with Haryana State Sports Council.
Reacting to this development, Olympic medalist and wrestler Sushil Kumar said that the government needs to re-think about the policy. Sushil said that he has never heard of an order like this from any part of the world.