After a row of harsh exchanges between shooting sensation Manu Bhaker and Haryana’s Sports Minister Anil Vij over unfulfilled promise of cash rewards to winners of Youth Olympic Games 2018, the Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Dhruv Batra on Saturday slammed the minister for intimidating and threatening players.
Taking to his official Facebook account, Batra said, “Stop intimidating and threatening the Athlete to apologise for your publicity seeking jumla politics, it is you (Anil Vij) who should apologise from the Athlete for the mess you have made.”
“Anil Vij learn somethig from Ministry of Sports Government of India, who give the awards within two day of return of Athletes from the events. This is what Committment and Good Governance means,” continued Batra in the Facebook post.
Gold Medalist Manu Bhaker on Friday reminded Haryana Government and the State’s Sports Minister Anil Vij of the promised cash reward not being granted to her even after three months of Youth Olympic Games 2018. The shooter also felt that someone in the Haryana government has been playing “games” with the money that was to be awarded to the medalists.
In October 2018, Manu Bhaker had become the first Indian shooter to win a gold at the Youth Olympic Games when she clinched a gold medal in the 10m air pistol category. After her historic win, Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij had announced a cash prize of Rs 2 crore to Bhaker, which remains unimplemented till today.
Anil Vij in his defense said that it is “disgusting to denounce a State Govt which is giving highest awards in the Country”. Vij asked shooter Manu Bhaker to apologise the government, stop publicising the issue and rather be thankful of the reward being granted by the government.