The Indian contingent enjoyed a successful outing at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games, returning with a haul of 66 medals. However, it turns out that the team also returned with a fine of Rs 73,988 for damages caused at the Games village at Gold Coast, Australia.
In a bizarre turn of events, it has been alleged that the Indian contingent caused sizeable damage to the property in their rooms at the Games held in April 2018.
The Indian Olympic Association has been accordingly fined 1450.74 Australian dollars (Rs 73,988) by the CWG Organising Committee. Now, IOA President Narinder Batra, has written a letter to the various National Sports Federations to recover the amount from the respective athletes.
The objects that were damaged include door keys, wardrobe hanging fabric, cushion covers, lamps, power boards and USB Outlets. A list of room numbers and respective sports have also been sent to the federations in order to recover the money from the perpetrators.
In the sternly worded letter, Batra has said that these are ‘basic things’ and the federations must explain to its participating athletes and officials that such behaviour is not to be repeated at the upcoming Asian Games. “Such kind of activities bring bad name for our country,” the letter said.
The basketball team has incurred the heaviest fine for damaging internal doors of the apartments. The other big fine is on the hockey team for damaging the bedside lamps.