The Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 6
It appears all of the discuss of budgetary cuts and financial slowdown as a result of Covid-19 outbreak has not affected the Sports Authority of India (SAI). SAI has determined to rent a High Performance Consultant, ideally from the international shores.
The marketing consultant is anticipated to pocket Rs 1-1.5 crore yearly, which is able to make him the highest-paid official working with SAI.
The resolution to this impact was taken within the final week of May and the marketing consultant is meant to “drive, support, manage sports development initiatives and performance goals for 2024 and 2028 Olympics”. SAI will promote for the submit and after analysis of purposes, shortlisted candidates shall be interviewed by a SAI panel.
SAI has additionally determined to rent 4 senior analysis officers, 5 athlete relationship officers and 5 analysis officers. The senior analysis officers are anticipated to be paid Rs 80,000 to Rs 1 lakh, whereas athlete analysis officers and analysis officers are anticipated to be paid between Rs 45000 and Rs 60000 per thirty days.
What is to be famous is that within the final six months, SAI has trifurcated its Training of Elite Management Support (TEAMS) division into three separate wings to unfold the workload and for the graceful working of athlete administration. The High efficiency Olympic Discipline (HPOD) has eight disciplines — wrestling, weightlifting, athletics, badminton, taking pictures, boxing, hockey and archery; Priority Olympic Disciplines (POD) embrace fencing, swimming, desk tennis, rowing, biking and judo; and the third division stays as TEAMS, which now takes care of 24 disciplines, together with Paralympic sports activities, gymnastics and taekwondo. There can be a Target Olympics Podium Scheme (TOPs) secretariat that performs the identical function for elite athletes.
So the proposal to rent a international marketing consultant over and above these departments has raised eyebrows inside SAI. Already there exists a schism inside the physique regarding the pay distinction between these from the SAI cadre and people employed on contract. This newest resolution will solely widen the variations.
Interestingly, the Sports Ministry had raised the spectre of funds cuts with the National Sports Federations (NSFs) in a digital assembly on June 23. Secretary (Sports) Ravi Mittal had sounded the federations about speaking with international coaches about taking a wage minimize if the funds was diminished. The concept was opposed by all NSFs.
SAI director basic Sandip Pradhan was not accessible for remark. “These decisions are part of the strategic planning for 2024, 2028 Olympics. All decisions are being made keeping the 2024, 2028 Olympics in mind, to improve India’s medal tally,” SAI mentioned in a generic assertion to The Tribune.