‘BCCI can’t help Olympic sport without IT exemption’: Anurag Thakur

Sudipta / 11 September 2016

BCCI president Anurag Thakur on Saturday said that as long as Income Tax Exemption of the Board remains withdrawn, it will be difficult to help Olympic sporting disciplines as much as they would have liked to.

“We, at the BCCI, want to help other sports grow. We had contributed Rs 50 crore to National Sports Development Fund but we still don’t know whether the money has been spend or not. If they haven’t spent the money they can refund it to us. Our IT Exemption has been cancelled and that’s preventing us from helping other sports,” Thakur said.

He didn’t waste his time to take a dig at how the Olympic sports is being run in the   country.

“Everyone is silent about India’s Olympics performance. But the sport where we are doing well, there is outside interference. BCCI is the most well-organised body. We have never taken a penny from the government but have built world class facilities at all major and smaller cities.”

Anurag  Thakur was the chief guest on Friday for the launch of West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle’s autobiogra[phy. Thakur was joined by former Indian batting great  Virender Sehwag.

On the occasion, Thakur lauded Gayle for inspiring hundreds of youngsters to pick the bat through his entertaining performance on the field.

BCCI recently criticized ICC citing that the international cricket governing body is allocating more money to the ECB for hosting the Champions Trophy.

But, ICC president Shashank Manohar said that he has to take care of 105 countries not only the BCCI.

In reply, BCCI lambasted Manohar as the ICC president belongs to BCCI and India.