BCCI to support Tokyo-bound athletes; vows to donate Rs 10 cr to IOA

The BCCI has announced to donate Rs 10 crore to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to support Indian athletes competing at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games, starting next month.

The decision to donate the amount was decided at an emergent meeting of its apex council on Sunday.

“The summer Olympics is scheduled to be held in Tokyo from 23 July to 8th August 2021. The BCCI has decided to support Indian athletes in every form and manner it can. In that spirit, based on the request received from the IOA/MYAS [Ministry of sports], the apex council of BCCI has decided to extend support to the IOA and has pledged a monetary gesture of Rs.10 crores,” the BCCI said in a late evening statement on Sunday.

The board also hoped the Indian athletes would “return with more medals than ever before”.

Meanwhile, the apex council also decided to constitute a committee to suggest measures to give compensation to domestic cricketers for domestic season 2020 and 2021 as. The BCCI didn’t organise several men’s and women’s tournaments, largely due to the Covid-19 situation, in the two seasons despite huge demand to organise them.

The names of the committee members were not announced, though, as the BCCI office-bearers would decide that.

Regarding the compensation to domestic cricketers, the BCCI is looking for a “suitable compensatory mechanism” to arrive at.

“The apex council has decided to form a committee to look into the issue of compensation for Indian domestic cricketers for domestic season 2020 and 2021. The apex council has mandated the office-bearers of the BCCI to form the committee and find a suitable compensatory mechanism for domestic cricketers, at the earliest possible,” said the statement.

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