Ranchi: In utter humiliation for national players, Ranchi sports unions demanded 25 percent of the prize money as commission from the medal winners a day after the award distribution ceremony for performing in the National Games 2011.

The sports unions are reported to have threatened the players who denied from paying them commissions.

Months after the conclusion of the 34th National Games, the national games winners belonging to other states were on Friday awarded in Ranchi. This year the sports unions of Jharkhand preferred to include players of other states and national teams like Railways, CRPF, CISF etc to local players in the teams.

The outside players were felicitated on Friday. After receiving huge cash awards, the players were bullied and threatened to pay money to the unions.

The sports unions took the cheques given to the players and stated that the players would get them only after they give 25 percent of the prize money to the sports unions.

Jharkhand Judo Association (JJA) officials reached the hotel where five Judo medalists were staying and asked them to pay the money. Somehow, these players escaped the officers and ran to save their lives after getting threatening from them.

Jharkhand Judo Association’s secretary and MLA K N Tripathi followed the players but could not get hold them. On reaching the airport, the players asked for security and they were assisted by the CISF officers.

At the same time, Deputy Chief Minister and Sports Minister Sudesh Mahto also arrived at the airport for Hazaribagh. The team members expressed their grievances to Mahato.

Soon, Sudesh Mahto called the SSP and asked to provide security to the players. Police station officer Faizul Ahmad immediately rushed to the spot and spoke to the players.

Meanwhile, MLA also gave life threats to Coach Shilak Ram. In this connection, coach has given a written complaint to sports secretary Ajay Kumar and also lodged it to the police station.

Shilk Ram said, “I am coaching the Jharkhand team for the past five years. My students have won 2 gold, one silver and 2 bronze medals in National Games. We were supposed to get Rs 4 lakh as prize money. KN Tripathi replaced my name with his brother, the Association Director Nand Gopal Tripathi in the list sent to the Government.

Jharkhand stood on fifth position in the National Games 2011 held in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, and Dhanbad in February, winning a total of 96 medals -- 33 gold, 26 silver and 37 bronze.

The gold, silver and bronze medalists were now handed over cheques of Rs7 lakh, Rs5 lakh and Rs3 lakh respectively.

JPN/Bureau