Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju said on Saturday that the government will continue to provide financial assistance to former players. He said that the former players have served the country. In such a situation, they are entitled to respect. Rijiju said this during the virtual farewell of Chief Athletics Coach Bahadur Singh.
Bahadur Singh stepped down as Chief Athletics Coach on 30 June. According to the guidelines of the Sports Ministry, no person over 70 years of age can join the National Camp as a coaching staff.
Chief athletics coach Bahadur Singh (right) won 3 gold, 2 silver and three bronze medals in the shot put events of the Asian Games and Asian Championships between 1973–85. In addition, he also reached the final of the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Will help every needy player: Rijiju
Rijiju said that the Sports Ministry is helping every needy former and current athlete. An example is Dinko Singh, who won gold at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. After getting information about the condition of this boxer battling cancer, the Sports Ministry took him to Delhi via air ambulance and underwent treatment at AIIMS.
‘It hurts to see the financial constraints of the players’
He further said that I feel very sad when it comes to know that the former players are unable to get their treatment due to lack of money. Till now we have helped many former and current players trapped in this difficulty.
The player deserves respect in society
The Sports Minister said that there are many athletes, whose commercial value increases after winning medals, and there are many players who would have dedicated their lives for the sport of the country, but could not succeed due to any reason. . The society forgets such players.
Rijiju said that players should get respect at all levels in the society. If we are not doing this, it will send the wrong message. I feel very sad when the players are not respected.
Bahadur Singh inspiration for players and coaches
He praised athletics coach Bahadur Singh and said that his departure was the end of a round in Indian sports. Top athlete for two decades, winning a gold medal at the Asian Games (shotput) and then a 30-year long career as a coach, it is not easy to achieve. You will also remain an inspiration for future players and coaches.
President of the Indian Olympic Association Narinder Batra also praised Bahadur Singh, saying that he had developed the culture of athletics and I hope the athletes will follow in his footsteps.