The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) has decided to extend support to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and has pledged a monetary gesture of Rs. 10 crores. The decision was taken at 8th Apex Council Meeting of BCCI 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, the Apex Council of BCCI has decided to extend support to the Indian Olympic Association and has pledged a monetary gesture of Rs. 10 crores. The BCCI wishes all the athletes representing India in the Olympics all the very best and hopes that they return with more medals than ever before," said an official release.
BCCI will be forming a committee to look into the matter of compensation of domestic cricketers. "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 BCCI to form the committee and find a suitable compensatory mechanism for domestic cricketers, at the earliest possible," the release added.
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) questions the new regulations put in place by the Japanese government:
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has questioned the new regulations put in place by the Japanese government which has advised Indian athletes to not physically interact with anyone from another team, delegation, or country for three days on arrival.
IOA President Narinder Batra and Secretary-General Rajeev Mehta in a letter addressed to TOCOG [Tokyo Organising Committee] have strongly opposed these "unfair and discriminatory" rules against Indian athletes.
"Athletes are allowed to arrive in the Games Village only 5 days before their event. Now 3 days will be wasted, this is the time the athletes need to be moving towards their mode to the peak. Highly unfair for Indian athletes," the letter read.
(With ANI inputs)