The Haryana government has told the Punjab and Haryana high court that boxer Vijender Singh had been given cash awards amounting to Rs 1.65 crore for his achievements in various national and international events.
The cash awards that the boxer had got over the years were given as post-achievement incentives as per the state’s sports policy. Out of Rs 1.65 crore, Vijender received Rs 50 lakh for winning bronze in the Beijing Olympics and Rs 50 lakh for clinching silver in 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The department of sports and youth services, in its affidavit submitted to the court, has stated that since 2006 when he won silver medal in 18th Commonwealth Games, he had been awarded nine times.
The affidavit was submitted during the resumed hearing on the two petitions, one filed by the boxer seeking one-year leave to participate in professional boxing in England and another initiated by the high court following media reports that the sportsman entered into an agreement with the private firm for professional boxing without taking mandatory permission from the government.
Both the government and Vijender have denied the allegations.
Vijender is currently in England wherein he won his maiden professional bout on Saturday last.
The government further told the court that it would amend service rules to allow its employee players to participate in professional tournaments.
The Olympic medal winner is a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) with the Haryana government and has entered into an agreement with Queensberry Promotions Limited for professional boxing.
The further hearing in the matter would take place on January 21.