I will not hesitate to sack officials, if delay sanction of incentives for athletes: Rathore

Vastavam web: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said he he will not hesitate to sack his officials if they delay sanction of incentives for athletes but also warned against false accusations.Speaking at a felicitation function for the Commonwealth Games medal winners here, Rathore said there was no dearth of money in Indian sports but the funds will have to be used for justified purposes by both the athletes as well as the federations.

“But before you (athlete) make any accusation, please be very sure that there was an error on our part and not on your part. There was this case that came to me, an athlete was complaining that he or she was not getting the incentive money. I was about to suspend one of my officers but later found out that the money was allotted to that athlete one year ago,” he said.

Most of the top athletes, including MC Mary Kom, Sushil Kumar, Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, Mirabai Chanu, Neeraj Kumar, Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala and Jitu Rai turned up. The likes of Manika Batra and Heena Sidhu did not come because of their prior engagements.The individual gold winners received Rs 30 lakh each while the silver and bronze medallists got Rs 20 lakh and Rs 10 lakh respectively. All the medal winners of team events got varying amount of money in different disciplines.

“I am getting a very positive sense from Mr. Batra. He is already changing things within the IOA. The way IOA used to function that is not going to happen. Similarly some of the NSF heads are brilliant and they are doing a very good job. “We will work in close coordination with them (IOA and NSFs). But each NSF or the their coaches need to justify with logic that every penny being spent is being used to its optimum.The minister said strong performance by the Indian athletes at international events also reflects the soft power status of the country.

“When the National Flag is unfurled and the National Anthem is sung anywhere in the world (in a sports event), every Indian feels proud and it also shows the soft power status of the country.”I have always said the Indians have tremendous potential to do well at the international stage even in strength-based disciplines. I don’t agree with the concept that Indians are good at only skill-based games. I want to ensure that you get every facility that is required to be provided to you,” said Rathore