Harayana rolls out insurance cover for sportspersons

Following TOI’s report on the 17-year-old injured gymnast, Sachin Kagdra, sports director Jagdip Singh said all players in the state will get insurance cover for sports injuries.

During his visit to Nehru Stadium on Tuesday, Singh said sportspersons, both men and women, participating at the district, state, national and international levels, will be given an insurance cover. The amount, however, is yet to be decided.

Singh added that there won’t be any funds shortage, since the state government has allocated a budget of Rs 198 crore for the same.

The decision has come after the budding gymnast and national champion was grievously injured in the spine and neck during a practise session at the stadium last month.

He had to undergo a surgery at a private hospital and is currently recuperating. His colleagues alleged that the accident happened due to the negligence of his coach, who was not at hand to monitor his rehearsal, even though he had been present on the stadium premises.

“Injuries are a part of every sportsperson’s life. However, with advanced medical care and trained doctors, best cure can be provided to players. Many children here come from economically backward sections. If there is an insurance scheme, they will go for the best medical treatment without worrying too much about the cost,” a coach at Nehru Stadium said.

Singh rolled out an innovative monitoring system for coaches as well. All coaches at Nehru Stadium will be given tablets and their activities will be monitored live via Skype by officers at the headquarters.

District sports officer Roshini Devi told TOI, “It is a welcome move. All players in the state will be provided sports insurance. We’ll soon receive written notification for monitoring the activities of coaches via tablets as well.”

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