It’s a nice feeling for all Indians that
their athletes bagged the maximum no. of medals in their history of the Olympic
Games. Certainly, the future Olympic Games for India will get only better –
this is a general feeling. It’s good, isn’t it? Collectively, it helps add a
sense of pride amongst the citizens and also inspires to start sorting around
the mess in and around their daily lives since now we are going to get there.
You see, when we win medals and when the world slowly starts looking towards
India because of the medals, the other Institutions of the nation, its face,
its P.D.S., its health, its education, its hygiene, its human rights record, its
law and order machinery, its Police, its “democracy”, its upkeep should present
a picture which is worth presenting. So if sports becomes a fulcrum for
‘overall development’, or one of them fulcrums, then so be it, and would it not
be so nice?
Now don’t ask me something like “how are
you relating sporting achievements by Indians in international competitions
with improvements in the general ‘public distribution system’ of the country”.
But I’ll still answer it (and my name is not Basanti)! It’s like this that any
sporting achievement will add on to the glory of the country in the global mind
and that may trigger or inspire all Indians to set their house in order because
of the ‘feel good factor’ because the world is watching. So files will start
moving etc. etc. :) How was that one? It’s a pertinent point, Uncle Mary, note
it.
Thus the Govt. has to reward these
achievements. It’s begun to do so is a general understanding and that is fine.
Now, in my opinion, if a structure is in place as regards the monetary benefit
for the sports person for the corresponding achievement, it would be in the fitness
of scheme of things, it would be appropriate. Now, some sort of structure may
already be in place (actually I doubt it) but I still propose the following.
And I hope I get a medal (oh?..) for developing and proposing this Chart and
providing the explanation below.
Lightening Energy Chart for ‘Rewards
for Performing Indian Sports Persons in Various Fora’

Olympic Games

World Championships

Asian Games

Asian Championships

National Games

National Championships

In Rupees
 
1st Gold Medal

2,00,00,000

2,00,00,000

40,00,000

40,00,000

8,00,000

8,00,000

2nd Silver Medal

1,50,00,000

1,50,00,000

30,00,000

30,00,000

6,00,000

6,00,000

3rd Bronze Medal

1,00,00,000

1,00,00,000

20,00,000

20,00,000

4,00,000

4,00,000

4th Position
(Akin to losing semi finalist)

25,00,000

25,00,000

5,00,000

5,00,000

1,00,000

1,00,000

5th Position

20,83,333.33

20,83,333.33

4,16,666.67

4,16,666.67

83,333.33

83,333.33

6th Position

16,66,666.67

16,66,666.67

3,33,333.33

3,33,333.33

66,666.67

66,666.67

7th Position

12,50,000

12,50,000

2,50,000

2,50,000

50,000

50,000

8th Position (Akin to losing
quarter finalist)

8,33,333.33

8,33,333.33

1,66,666.67

1,66,666.67

33,333.33

33,333.33

9th Position

7,50,000

7,50,000

1,50,000

1,50,000

30,000

30,000

10th Position

6,66,666.67

6,66,666.67

1,33,333.33

1,33,333.33

26,666.67

26,666.67

11th Position

5,83,333.33

5,83,333.33

1,16,666.67

1,16,666.67

23,333.33

23,333.33

12th Position

5,00,000

5,00,000

1,00,000

1,00,000

20,000

20,000

13th Position

4,16,666.67

4,16,666.67

83,333.33

83,333.33

16,666.67

16,666.67

14th Position

3,33,333.33

3,33,333.33

66,666.67

66,666.67

13,333.33

13,333.33

15th Position

2,50,000

2,50,000

50,000

50,000

10,000

10,000

16th Position

1,66,666.67

1,66,666.67

33,333.33

33,333.33

6,666.67

6,666.67

This is how I have arrived at the
figures. These are on today’s rates. A sports person earns a Bronze Medal in
Olympics. He / she deserves Rs. 1 Crore (let’s say) prize money from the
Central Govt. It’s Olympics. Bronze Medal is not a mean achievement. The Silver
Medallist gets more simply because of finishing higher. Simply doubling 1 to 2
Crores may be a little awkward and increases the distance disproportionately
and seems a little inappropriate and seems unfair ... Increase of half of 1
Crore seems o.k. Increase of a quarter of 1 Crore may again not be o.k. since
at that level (the podium), there is a difference which is considerable in
terms of achievement. So increase of half of 1 Crore is o.k. Therefore, Silver
Medallist gets Rs. 1.5 Crore from the Central Govt. The Gold Medallist gets
upwards of Rs. 1.5 Crore with the same absolute differential figure being
added. So the Gold Medallist gets Rs. 2 Crores. So this takes care of the podium
finishers.
A sports person not making it to the
podium and finishing 4th also deserves. However, podium is podium. Therefore,
4th place finisher gets not half of 1 Crore deducted making the figure 50 Lakhs
but gets 25% of the 3rd place finisher reward money. This takes into account
not only the participation but the distance which the sports person travelled
from scratch ‘in the quest’, and also that well, the podium finish was not
achieved. But the sportsperson reached the (semi final in most cases and also
for the sake of explanation) last four stage. So, the amount is Rs. 25 Lakhs.
The last four stage has been taken care
of. For the sake of explanation, semi final finishes have been taken care of.
Now how does one decide about the other place finishes? I’ve considered the
‘stages’ for that purpose. The semi final is taken care of. Now, quarter final
stage will be dealt with and even the prequarter final stage. I worked out how
it would be if the subsequent finishes receive an amount which is half of the
amount of the position or place immediately upwards to it. That way (to cut it
short), the losing quarter finalist (reached last 8 stage and finished 8th also
in this case for the sake of explanation) receives Rs. 1,56,250/. It’s Olympics.
This figure is low. And the losing prequarter finalist (reached last 16 stage
and finished 16th also in this case for the sake of explanation) receives Rs.
610.35 (Rupees Six Hundred Ten And Paise Thirty Five). True, the position is 16
(it’s low), but then it’s the Olympics. This figure is insulting. Then I
devised another strategy. Now, consider that I am sitting at home and am not in
the official policy making of sports in India nor have I been deputed
‘specially’ for the task, but at times I enjoy indulging in such “intellectual”
workouts, strategies, all by myself, and all to myself. But then it’s also
heartening that I can share it with you sporty folks. And if it helps the babus
of our bureaucracy, then I am going to be absolutely delighted. Chalo yaar,
main kaam aayaa. ::)).
Hmm, so following is that alternate
strategy or method. It’s taken a cue from the system which emerged from the
figures set for 3rd, 2nd and 1st place finish. Bronze medal winner received a
figure (B). The Silver Medallist got that figure plus the half of it. The Gold Medallist
got the same figure (B) plus the half of it and again the half of it. So it
became twice of B.
So,
as described earlier, 5th to 8th becomes one Batch. And 9 to 16 becomes the
next batch. Now, take out your calculators, pen , paper.
Position

Figure or Amount in Rupees

8 th

x

7 th

x + x/2

6 th

x + 2(x/2) = 2x

5 th

x + 3(x/2)

4 th

x + 4(x/2) = x + 2x = 3x

And the 4th place finish figure is Rs.
25,00,000/. Therefore, x=Rs. 8,33,333.33 (Rupees Eight Lakhs Thirty Three
Thousand Three Hundred Thirty Three and Paise Thirty Three only). Now, this
seems a little high but the sports person is competing in Olympics and training
and hard work work must have been gone through by the sports person. 5th, 6th
and 7th position amounts are in the chart. Now, in cases where there is no competition
for 5th to 8th places, the 8th place amount will be considered. So you are an
Olympic losing quarter finalist (finished 8th), you get Rs. 8,33,333.33. You
are an Olympic losing semi finalist (finished 4th), you get Rs. 25,00,000/.
Now at this stage one might wonder if
it’s not appropriate to simpy half the figure for position 8 to Rs. 12,50,000/
and further half it for position 16 (losing prequarer finalist for the sake of
explanation) to Rs. 6,25,000/ and then further half it to Rs. 3,12,500/ for
position 32. Yes, this can be done and the intervening finishes amount can be
arrived at. However, I am not too sure about this. That might start looking
like .. like what?.. not exactly a casino but too capitalist (is that the right
word here?), too ‘petty trader like’ .. I don’t have the right word. If you
have, you can provide it in the comments below. Remember, rewards in money are
being given as appreciation and not to render Olympic participation or sports
participation as lucrative money making machine (edit this statement for me
somebody).
So, we’ll carry on with the earlier
method. Next batch – position 9 to 16.
Position

Figure or Amount in Rupees

16 th

y

15 th

y + y/2

14 th

y + 2(y/2) = 2y

13 th

y + 3(y/2)

12 th

y + 4(y/2) = y + 2y = 3y

11 th

y + 5(y/2)

10 th

4y

9 th

y + 7(y/2)

8 th

5y

Therefore, x=5y and
therefore, y=1,66,666.66.
8th place finish amount is Rs.
8,33,333.33 and 16th place finish amount is Rs. 1,66,666.67 (Rupees One Lakh
Sixty Six Thousand Six Hundred Sixty Six and Paise Sixty Seven). In cases where
there is no competition for 9th to 16th places, the 16th place amount will be
considered. So you are an Olympic losing prequarter finalist (finished 16th),
you get Rs. 1,66,666.67. You are an Olympic losing quarter finalist, you get
Rs. 8,33,333.33.
And now the next batch: position 17 to
32.
I thought that the ‘casino method’
(misnomer) should be applied now, for more than one reason but then I thought
that, doesn’t matter, let’s continue with this presently ongoing method for
this batch (position 17 to 32) and for position 33 to 64, the casino method
will be applied. In fact, for Olympics, I’ll consider the casino method for
position 17 to 32. For World Championships, the following will be considered.
The reason is that in any sports discipline World Championship, the no. of
competitions is more than the Olympics for the same discipline. So for Olympics
there is a change in the method now.
Ok, the next batch: position 17 to 32
Position

Figure or Amount in Rupees

32 nd

z

31 st

z + z/2

30 th

z + 2(z/2) = 2z

29 th

z + 3(z/2)

28 th

z + 4(z/2) = z + 2z = 3z

27 th

z + 5(z/2)

26 th

z + 6(z/2) = 4z

25 th

z + 7(z/2)

24 th

z + 8(z/2) = 5z

23 rd

z + 9(z/2)

22 nd

z + 5z = 6z

21 st

z +11(z/2)

20 th

z + 6z = 7z

19 th

z + 13(z/2)

18 th

z + 7z = 8z

17 th

z + 15(z/2)

16 th

z + 8z = 9z

Therefore, y = 9z and therefore, z =
18,518.518.
16 th place finish amount is Rs.
1,66,666.67 and 32nd place finish amount is Rs. 18,518.52 (Rupees Eighteen
Thousand Five Hundred Eighteen And Paise Fifty Two only). Now, this is for the
World Championships of a sports discipline. And in those cases of the same
where there is no competition for the 17th to 32nd places, the 32nd place
amount wll be considered. So you are a World Championship 32nd place finisher,
you get Rs. 18,518.52 and you are a World Championship losing prequarter finalist,
you get Rs. 1,66,666.67. And for the same batch 17 to 32, the figures for
Olympics will be calculated thus:
Finished 16th: figure is
1,66,666.67
Finished 17th to 32nd
anywhere: figure is 18,518.52
The above awards are for single person
event. In case of doubles, the amount shall be multiplied by 1.5 and then
divided in two. So a doubles player achieving a position gets 75% of the
corresponding figure in the Chart. In case of team participation, every player
of the team gets 25% of the amount in the Chart. Thus, for example, the entire
Hockey Team will get in total an amount of money which is four times the
corresponding figure in the chart. It’s considered here that the Hockey Team
has 16 players. Likewise it shall be for other team sports as well, of course.
In team sports, it has been considered
that every player’s effort has to be accounted for, while at the same time, it
is a team sport.
For Athletics and Water Sports Relays,
the method will be as for Team Sports (every player gets 25% of the
corresponding amount in the Chart). So 4 x 400 m relay team in total gets an amount
of money which is one time the corresponding figure in the Chart. 4 playersx
25% = 1. The moment the no. players in the events is more than 3, 25% of the
figure in the Chart will be bisbursed to each player. If it is 2, it will be
75%, if it is 3 even then it will be 75%. This means that the entire Archery
Team, e.g., will get in total an amount which is 2.25 times the corresponding
figure in the Chart.
Now, what about the Asian Games and the
specific sports Asian Championships?
..........
Still working, check back after a week. :)