National Athletes Are Getting Less Daily Allowance Than Minimum Wages for Laborers

National Athletes Are Getting Less Daily Allowance Than Minimum Wages for Laborers
National Athletes Are Getting Less Daily Allowance Than Minimum Wages for Laborers

While athletes in other sports earn millions of dollars around the world, Pakistani athletes continue to struggle. National athletes who are now attending training camps for major mega-events such as the 14th South Asian Games, according to The News, are reportedly paid only Rs. 200 per day, which is less than what daily employees in the country get.

The nation expects the athletes to win gold and bring honor to their country, oblivious to the difficulties they have overcome simply to reach the national stage. While various sports bodies have repeatedly said that attempts are being made to assist players financially, it is difficult to determine where the funds are being spent.

According to reports, the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) claimed that a budget of Rs. 4 billion had been set aside for training programs for the 2018 South Asian Games, but the funds had yet to be disbursed among the hopeful participants.

Essential product costs have already risen as a result of the country’s rising inflation. National athletes, who require more facilities than the typical person to perform at their best, are asked to pay Rs. 200 for three meals every day. According to the sportsmen, they are unable to meet their costs because a half-decent supper costs more than Rs. 200. With poor facilities and little to no funding, it would not be surprising if Pakistan failed to win any medals at the future international games, and it would not be the athletes’ fault. The question is, how long will Pakistan’s sports be in such a sorry state?

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