A file photo showing Seema Punia collecting a cheque from SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on winning a silver medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.(File Photo)
A file photo showing Seema Punia collecting a cheque from SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on winning a silver medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.(File Photo)

Cash awards to CWG medalists: Step-motherly treatment to UP’s bahu?

A controversy has erupted over the entitlement of cash award to UP’s ‘bahu’ Seema Punia who won a silver medal in discus throw in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia.
By Sharad Deep | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2018 04:59 PM IST

A controversy has erupted over the entitlement of cash award to UP’s ‘bahu’ Seema Punia who won a silver medal in discus throw in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia.

The Uttar Pradesh Sports Directorate is still unsure of giving cash award of Rs 30 lakh to Seema who won the medal with the best throw of 60.41 metres.

Though Seema hails from Sonipat in Haryana, she has been winning medals for UP since 2011 after she got married to Olympian athlete Ankush Punia of Meerut.

She represented UP at the trials for the CWG and set up a new record at the Fed Cup Championship in Patiala.

In 2016-17, she was given state government’s highest sports award Rani Laxmi Bai and Rs 3.11 lakh before being given Rs 50 lakh for winning gold at the 2014 Asian Games.

Secretary, Uttar Pradesh Olympic Association, Anandeshwar Pandey claimed that as per the list of the Indian Olympic Association, Seema represented Haryana in the Indian contingent at the Gold Coast event.

“How can an athlete get cash awards from two different governments? I will recommend her name for the award if she gives an undertaking that she would not receive any cash award from Haryana government,” said Pandey.

“There is no problem in giving her name for the cash award if UP Athletics Association as well as the Athletics Federation of India issue letters to prove her credentials for UP,” he added.

Secretary of UP Athletics Association PK Srivastava said, “It is ridiculous even to think of ignoring Seema’s success for the state. She is again representing UP at the final trials for the Asian Games in June”

During the Rani Laxmi Bai award ceremony in 2016, the website of UP Sports Directorate read: “She (Seema) won gold medal in 49th National Athletics Championship in 2009 and won a silver in 50th National Athletics Championship in 2010 making UP and the country proud.”

Her husband and personal coach Ankush also expressed surprise over the reports that there were plans to ignore Seema for the award. “We will lodge a complaint with the CM in this regard. If nothing is done, we will move the court,” he said.

“How can somebody ignore Seema for cash award at a time when she is continuously winning medals for the state? If she was not a part of UP in 2014 Asian Games, why was she given cash award by the sports directorate? Can a policy keep changing just to ignore the success of somebody in the state? She has already applied for the job and her application is pending with the state government since 2015. In such a scenario, her claim would have been rejected at that time,” said Ankush.

Former director, sports, Vijay Singh Chauhan said it was a matter of dispute but questioned the state government’s policy under which the medallists of the 2016 Rio Olympics like PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar were given cash awards by the government.

“If there are some issues about Punia’s credentials, why the 2016 Olympics sportswomen were given cash awards by the UP government? This money should have been distributed among the UP sportspersons,” said Chauhan, also known as the Iron Man of Asia for setting up a record at the Asian track and field event.

Among the 11 athletes who represented UP at the Gold Coast Games, gold medallist shooter Jitu Rai as well as silver medallist boxer Satish Kumar Yadav from Bulandsahr have been representing Army Sports Institute at the nationals, and barring once, Rai never played for the state. Same is the case with bronze medallist shooter Ravi Kumar of Meerut as he too never played for UP at the nationals.

As per the government policy, gold medallist lifter Punam Yadav of Varanasi and Jitu Rai will be given Rs 50 lakh each, whereas Satish Kumar Yadav will be richer by Rs 30 lakh each. Ravi Kumar is entitled for Rs 15 lakh award.

Besides, Ashish Kumar (gymnastics), Lalit Upadhyay (men’s hockey), Vandana Kataria (women’s hockey), Mohd Asab (shooting), Seema Tomar (shooting) and Vandana Gupta (weightlifting) will be given Rs 5 lakh each as a token of appreciation.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
File image of Kidambi Srikanth of India.(Getty Images)
File image of Kidambi Srikanth of India.(Getty Images)

Srikanth resumes training after BAI gets mandatory quarantine time reduced

PTI, Bangkok
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 07:20 PM IST
Srikanth withdrew from the tournament after B Sai Praneeth, who he was sharing a room with, had tested positive for COVID-19.
Close
in-Depth
Conor McGregor of Ireland poses on the scale during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (USA TODAY Sports)
Conor McGregor of Ireland poses on the scale during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (USA TODAY Sports)

How the Conor McGregor MMA show stalled

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 12:48 PM IST
  • The Irishman was fighting for only the third time in the last five years. Since his rise to superstardom, McGregor’s activity inside the Octagon had started to decline. He fought 8 times in the 2014-2016 period. But in the next 4 years, McGregor had only 3 MMA fights.
Close
Representational image.(File)
Representational image.(File)

SAI takes note of COVID protocol breach in wrestling nationals

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 01:43 PM IST
SAI has also requested the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to sensitise all National Sports Federations (NSFs) to follow the COVID-19 protocols strictly and ensure safety of athletes.
Close
Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257.(USA TODAY Sports)
Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257.(USA TODAY Sports)

Conor McGregor KO leaves UFC lightweight division in limbo

Reuters, Abu Dhabi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 01:40 PM IST
For McGregor, it was a first knockout defeat as a pro and surely not an outcome he expected as he arrived in Abu Dhabi on his yacht in midweek.
Close
Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island. (USA TODAY Sports)
Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island. (USA TODAY Sports)

Poirier shocks the world, knocks out Conor McGregor in second round

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 01:26 PM IST
  • It was the first time that McGregor lost a match by a technical knockout.
Close
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Deportivo Alaves v Real Madrid - Estadio Mendizorroza, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain - January 23, 2021 Deportivo Alaves' Joselu scores their first goal REUTERS/Vincent West(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Deportivo Alaves v Real Madrid - Estadio Mendizorroza, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain - January 23, 2021 Deportivo Alaves' Joselu scores their first goal REUTERS/Vincent West(REUTERS)

Hazard shines for Madrid without Zidane; En-Nesyri hat trick

AP, Barcelona
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 11:31 AM IST
Hazard grazed a long pass to redirect the ball to Benzema, who doubled the lead for Madrid in the 41st after Casemiro had headed in the 15th-minute opener on Saturday.
Close
Aston Villa's Ezri Konsa, left, holds off Newcastle's Callum Wilson.(AP)
Aston Villa's Ezri Konsa, left, holds off Newcastle's Callum Wilson.(AP)

Villa climb into top 10 of EPL after beating Newcastle 2-0

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 11:42 AM IST
Club-record signing Ollie Watkins scored for the first time in 10 matches to set Villa on its way to all three points with a 13th-minute strike, before Bertrand Traore doubled the lead shortly before halftime on Saturday.
Close
File image of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy.(File)
File image of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy.(File)

Rankireddy hopes up after Thai Open doubles run

UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 07:55 AM IST
  • Either side of the Covid bout though Rankireddy ensured he trained regularly to keep fitness levels up. That was on show during the two Thailand Opens—where the Indian campaign ended on Saturday.
Close
Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp walks dejected following the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Burnley in Liverpool.(AP)
Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp walks dejected following the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Burnley in Liverpool.(AP)

Ahead of United tie, Liverpool left red in the face

By Bhargab Sarmah
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 08:37 AM IST
  • Ashley Barnes’ 83rd minute penalty ended the Reds’ 68-match unbeaten run at home in the Premier League that stretched back to April, 2017.
Close
Narsingh Yadav loses to Amit Dhankar.(Narsingh Yadav/Instagram)
Narsingh Yadav loses to Amit Dhankar.(Narsingh Yadav/Instagram)

Wrestling nationals: Sandeep emerges surprise champion in 74kg; Narsingh loses

UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 07:54 AM IST
  • Narsingh Pancham Yadav, returning to action after four years of doping suspension, had a very good start as he defeated young Gaurav Baliyan, the defending champion, without breaking much sweat (10-0), but lost a close bout to Dhankar (4-3) in the next round.
Close
interview
WWE Superstar Spectacle.(WWE)
WWE Superstar Spectacle.(WWE)

Triple H interview: Why WWE decided to hold Superstar Spectacle for India

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 03:23 PM IST
  • It is something of an unprecedented move that a WWE show will be produced specially for the Indian audience and will showcase a lot of top WWE superstars. WWE haven’t done that for a non-UK, non-US population and it shows how much the company values the country in their growth plans.
Close
Real Madrid's Eden Hazard.(REUTERS)
Real Madrid's Eden Hazard.(REUTERS)

Lively Hazard on way back to form but needs more confidence

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 09:08 AM IST
Making only his fifth start of the campaign after three spells out with injuries or illness, Hazard notched Madrid's third goal before halftime, expertly controlling a Toni Kroos pass before producing a confident finish.
Close
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp.(Pool via REUTERS)
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp.(Pool via REUTERS)

Klopp says Burnley shock can spark Liverpool turnaround

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 09:10 AM IST
Liverpool are fourth with 34 points at the halfway stage of the league campaign, six points behind leaders Manchester United whom they face later on Sunday in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Close
Athletics generic image.(File)
Athletics generic image.(File)

SAI takes steps to ensure no drop in intensity of athletes returning to training

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 06:29 PM IST
In a statement, SAI said the measure has been introduced to ensure that athletes are able to maintain continuity in their training programme.
Close
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy(R) and Chirag Shetty. File(Getty Images)
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy(R) and Chirag Shetty. File(Getty Images)

Satwik-Chirag's impressive run ends with semifinal defeat at Thailand Open

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 02:18 PM IST
The Indian pair had participated in Super 1000 events in 2018 ad 2019 but this is the first time it entered the semifinals.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP