New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) A High Performance Consultant with an annual salary of Rs 1-1.5 crore is among the appointments that the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is mulling in its plans for preparations towards the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. Additionally, SAI is also looking to hire four senior research officers, five athlete relationship officers and five research officers.
The consultant when hired would become the highest paid officer in SAI. Athlete relationship officers and research officers will be paid Rs 45,000-Rs 60,000. The senior research officers will be offered a salary of Rs 80,000-Rs 1 lakh per month.
Earlier, Sports Minister Kiren Riiju has said the government is set to remove the salary cap of Rs2 lakh for Indian coaches training elite athletes.
“Several Indian coaches are showing very good results and need to be rewarded for their hard work. The government is also keen to attract the best coaching talent from across the country to train our elite athletes and we do not want the cap on compensation to be a deterrent for good coaches to join,” said Rijiju.
Besides the increased remuneration, it has also been decided that the contract of all Indian coaches will be drawn up for four years, like foreign coaches, to ensure that elite athletes training under Indian coaches have continuity of coaching in one Olympic cycle.
The increased remuneration and longer contract period is also to attract ex-elite athletes into the high performance sporting ecosystem, and to use their experience and skill to train athletes bound for major international competitions, including the Olympics.