Haryana tells athletes it employs to pay up 33% of income from ads, professional sports

Sportspersons employed by the Haryana government will have to give the state 33% of the income earned through professional sports and commercial endorsements, for the development of sports.

As per the new rules, which came into effect on April 27, such sportspersons will have to seek extraordinary leave (without pay) during the period of participation in professional sports.

Olympic medal winning pugilist, Vijender Singh, hockey player, Sardara Singh and wrestler, Geeta Phogat are likely to be affected by the decision.

Principal secretary, sports and youth affairs, Ashok Khemka said in case such sportspersons are treated on duty (not on leave; with the prior approval of competent authority) when they take part in professional sports or commercial endorsement, the full income earned by them on this account will have to be paid.

Vijender, who is also a Haryana police officer, turned professional in 2015 while Sardara played the India Hockey League (IHL) and Geeta Phogat has done endorsements for JSW steel.

While Vijender and Sardara could not be reached immediately, wrestler Geeta Phogat said she did not agree with these conditions.

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