Three months ago, when Manu Bhaker won the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Argentina, Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij announced a cash prize of Rs 2 crore for her. However, in a notification issued by Haryana Principal Secretary (sports), Ashok Khemka on December 27, as “Prize money to sportspersons in individual events”, revealed the sum awarded as Rs 2 crores.Also Read – Suhl Junior World Cup: Five Holes Of Five Golds For India Women’s Pistol Shooting
Manu, 16, had written history in Buenos Aries, becoming the first girl from Haryana to win gold at the JOGs. He had won the medal in the 10m air pistol shooting category. Also Read – Manu Bhaker Crowned Women’s National Air Pistol Champion
On Friday morning, Bhaker tweeted questioning the situation regarding the award. “Sir Please confirm if this is correct… Or just Jumla (sic).” Also Read – Shooting: Manu Bhaker and Javad Foroughi win Air Pistol Mixed Team Gold in ISSF President’s Cup
“Someone in Haryana is really playing with the Youth Olympic Games prize! Is it really to encourage or discourage the players…” he said on Twitter.
Someone in Haryana is really playing with the prize money of the Youth Olympic Games!!!!! @narendramodi @mlkhattar @anilvijminister @Ra_THORe @AshokKhemka_IAS … It’s really to encourage or discourage players. who is right… pic.twitter.com/adIsfttId7
— Manu Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) January 4, 2019
Later, Vij clarified that the prize money has not been reduced. He also criticized Bhaker for making the “jumla” comment: “Manu Bhaker should have first confirmed it from the Sports Department. before going into the public domain. It is disgusting to denounce a State Government that gives the highest awards in the Country. Bhaker will get 2 crore as tweeted by me and as per notification at that time,” he wrote on Twitter.
Manu Bhaker should have first confirmed by the Sports Department. before going into the public domain. It is disgusting to denounce a State Government that gives the highest awards in the Country. Bhaker will get 2 crore as whole from me and as per notification at that time.
– ANIL VIJ HARYANA MINISTER (@anilvijminister) January 5, 2019
Shooter Manu Bhaker on Haryana Min Anil Vij’s tweet:Initially it was 10 lakh, then he (Anil Vij) made 2 cr, he had made plans what investments I will make for practice, I felt strange when they reduced it from 1 crore, it is a really good thing now that it has made 2 cr again. pic.twitter.com/euV5ae0Rpo
— ANI (@ANI) January 5, 2019
The teenage sensation talked about her tweets saying that she felt strange about the reduction notification because she had made plans for investments that she had to make for her practice.
Bhaker had a stellar 2018, winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, a month after winning gold in the individual and team 10m air pistol events at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara.