Following the clash between teenage shooting sensation Manu Bhaker and Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij, after the shooter questioned the BJP, Minister, if the promised 2 crore reward after winning a gold medal in 2018 Youth Olympics, was just an eyewash, has now spoken exclusively to Republic TV.
Manu Bhaker while speaking informed that there is a need for a certain time-frame for athletes to get their reward.
She said, "As soon as I won Common Wealth I had received my cash reward but a lot of athletes did not receive it, and they were wandering here and there. Other athletes also told me that they would tweet too. But I think according to me they should give a certain time frame."
Speaking of the Haryana Sports Minister's comments she said, "Even before he had tweeted and congratulated me, he had also announced a reward of 2 crore rupees, but later probably something happened without his knowledge and he probably didn't know. But now sir is keeping his words now, so I'm happy."
"Since the cash amount was announced, we had started planning that these equipment are to be brought, we need to start training and coaching," she added.
Further questioned about her demands, she said that the Haryana government is supportive of the plenty of athletes coming out of the state.
She said, "I have no demands, but things should go the way they are. It's my fortune that they are giving me the reward. I feel a lot of athletes come out of Haryana because there is a good support from the government because of which we could get training of a good level."
Manu Bhaker's father, Ramkishan Bhaker and Anil Vij appeared on Republic TV earlier on Saturday to debate on the issue where the Minister said that the shooter should not have made such 'political statements'
Vij said, "I told her, that we have never told you that we won't give her the 2 crore reward. Then she is going to the media and questioning if its 'jumla-bazi or truth", why is she giving such political statements, I just told her this. I stand by that, we will give her 2 crore rupees and we never said that we would reduce the amount. Then without reason, if this happened it would be better if she spoke to our sports department or her father would have spoken and we would have cleared the situation."
To which, Manu's father responded saying, "Minister is older than Manu and if he says that pertaining to his age if she should apologise then I agree with him, but I would like to say that we tried calling the department and you too, but we always got the answer that the Minister is not around or is busy and we'll see tomorrow."