Thakur calls for income tax exemption for BCCI

"Our income tax exemption has been cancelled and that’s preventing us from helping other sports," BCCI president Anurag Thakur told mediapersons.

Anurag Thakur..."BCCI is the most well organised body."   -  Vivek Bendre

As long as the income tax exemption was withdrawn for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the board will not be able to financially help Olympic sporting disciplines in India, according to its head Anurag Thakur.

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“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 spend the money they can refund it to us. Our income tax exemption has been cancelled and that’s preventing us from helping other sports,” Thakur said.

He didn’t forget to take a dig at how Olympic sports was being run in the country. “Everyone is silent about India’s Olympics performance. But the sport in which we are doing well has 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.”