Haryana health, sports and youth affairs minister Anil Vij has slammed the previous Congress government for announcing cash prizes for sportspersons without earmarking funds for the same and claimed that the present regime under the leadership of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar would soon organise a function to felicitate international and national players and award prizes worth `80 crore.
He added that sportspersons belonging to the state who have won medals at the Asian Games and international events would be given cash prizes. Medal-winner at the national games would be given `3 lakh, he claimed.
Vij was in town to attend the annual prize distribution for games and sports activities (2014-15) of Kurukshetra University at the RK Sadan auditorium in KU on Thursday. Varsity vice-chancellor Lt Gen Dr DDS Sandhu presided over the function.
"The Haryana government is committed to improve the level of sports and to identify real talent, mapping is being done. We are also preparing an online database. Soon, we will also create a special quota in Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) where plots would be given to medal-winning sportspersons," Vij added.
KU vice-chancellor Dr Sandhu said Kurukshetra University had been ranked third among more than 400 universities in the country on its performance in sports at the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy (MAKA). MAKA is awarded based on All-India Inter-University Competitions organised by the Association of Indian Universities.
At the event, Vij honoured 325 outstanding players, awarding them `69 lakh for achievements in sports disciplines at the international, national and inter-varsity levels.
SA Jain College, Ambala City lifted Kurukshetra University Inter-College Tournament Trophy (men) with GN Khalsa College, Yamunanagar, getting the runners-up tag.
In the women's category, DAV Girls College Yamunanagar lifted the KU Inter-College tournament Trophy (women) while GN Khalsa College Yamunanagar stood second.
On his comprehensive report on sports, KU sports director Sh Dalel Singh said that the varsity won the top position at the All Inter-University Competitions in eight games, second in 10 games, third in 10 games and fourth in four games.
Eight players from KU participated at the 17th Asian Games held in 2014 with two of them winning medals. Ms Sweety won the silver medal in World Boxing championship held in South Korea.
Dalel said on Friday, KU gave prizes to 20 international players, 36 coaches, 36 managers, 16 principals and 26 physical education teachers as well as teams at various levels that had brought glory to the state.