Other Sports Vinod Tawde, Maharashtra Sports Minister, assures help to shooter Rahi Sarnobat

first_img New Delhi: A few days back the Asian Game gold medalist, Rahi Sarnobat had expressed her apprehensions about financial stability. To her surprise, the Maharashtra Sports Minister Vinod Tawde assured the star shooter to look into the issue. Vinod Tawde went on saying that he will try his level best to resolve the matter as soon as possible. It’s known that Rahi Sarnobat is severely looking for financial stability to carry on her career.Tawde said that he is in contact with her, and her family on a regular basis and keeping the issue on priority.”We have given financial security to her and her family has also given to her. After she bagged a medal (in the 2018 Asian Games), we have given her prizes worth lakhs.”If the government salary doesn’t come, it can’t be a nightmare, but it should come on time. I will personally look into the matter. I often speak to Rahi, her family members meet me and we have been solving the issues,” Tawde told reporters when asked about the concerns raised by Sarnobat. “Rahi should play well, practice; get a medal, which is not only India’s but also Maharashtra’s expectation. We will solve (her) problems,” the minister assured the star pistol shooter. Tawde was addressing a media briefing where he announced the winners of Shiv Chhatrapati Awards, which are given by the state government.”I feel I don’t have more than four years left as a professional shooter and after 12 years of competing for India, I still have sleepless nights about my financial situation,” she had said.She claimed that she had not been paid since September 2017 by her employers. Tawde said he has also spoken to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis about such issues raised by sportspersons.He also informed that the state government was looking to form a committee which would determine the work structure of players.”Whether it is Rahi or other players, they are the pride of India and Maharashtra. We have given leave to (shooter) Tejaswini Sawant, who works with the sports department for training,” the minister said.”We are forming a committee of experts who will determine how on-field players can be given leave (from work) and when they are off the field, how their work structure will be. After the committee gives its report we will take an (appropriate) decision,” he said.Tawde further urged the sportspersons, who get direct employment, to work with the sports department.  Vinod Tawde will work regressively to solve Rahi’s issue. Tawde is in direct contact with Rahi, and her family.Tawde urges the sportspersons to work in sports departments.  highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Japan Ready for Olympics Despite Coronavirus, Says PM

first_imgTokyo Governor Yuriko Koike yesterday vowed to take thorough measures against the coronavirus outbreak for the Olympic Torch relay through Japan and reaffirmed that preparations for a “safe and secure” 2020 Games were progressing.Koike’s comments came after Greece’s Olympic Committee on Friday cancelled the remainder of the Olympic Torch relay through the country to avoid attracting crowds that could raise the risk of virus contagion.“We’re taking thorough infection measures with regards to the Olympic Torch relay domestically,” Koike said according to TV Asahi, adding that preparations for a safe and secure Games were moving forward.The Greek portion was cancelled after what organisers described as “unexpectedly large crowds” gathered when the flame visited Sparta on Friday – but organisers insist the procession will go ahead “safely” in Japan.Organisers also maintain that the handover ceremony will go ahead at the Athens Panathinaiko Stadium on Thursday (March 19) but it will be held without public attendance, with similar arrangements in place to those at the Flame lighting ceremony in Olympia.A Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) statement said: “Despite strong recommendations to the public not to focus on the ceremony in the flame crossing cities, the HOC took the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the rest of the programme on Greek soil.“The decision was made in consultation with the ministry of health and the International Olympic Committee with a deep sense of responsibility, as public health is the ultimate good and in these difficult times a reasonable attitude is imposed by all sides.”Hollywood Actor Gerard Butler did carry the flame in Sparta before the cancellation. He had been invited by the city to do so as part of the celebrations for the anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead as planned in July, despite coronavirus concerns resulting in the postponement of sporting events. Abe however added that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would have the final decision whether Tokyo 2020 goes ahead.“We will overcome the spread of the infection and host the Olympics without problem, as planned,” Abe said. Japan has had more than 1,400 cases and 28 deaths resulting from coronavirus. The Tokyo Games is expected to cost about 1.35 trillion yen (£10.26bn), organisers said in December.The Japan section of the Olympic Torch relay is due to start in Fukushima on March 26. The recent torch-lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia was held without spectators, before the rest of the relay in Greece was suspended to avoid attracting crowds. Snow falls on the Olympic Rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo, Saturday, March 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)last_img read more