KRG al­lo­cates 12 bil­lion di­nars for sports clubs

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL - Zakaria Muhammed

In a press con­fer­ence held in Di­van Ho­tel in Er­bil on Jan 10, Dr. Shakir Ah­mad Smo, gen­eral di­rec­tor of Sport Di­rec­torate at the Youth and Cul­ture, shed light on sev­eral sub­jects in­clud­ing: al­lo­cat­ing 12 bil­lion Iraqi Di­nars for the sports clubs, al­lot­ting al­lowances for re­tired sports­peo­ple, con­struc­tion of sports city.

"This year the government has al­lot­ted 12 bil­lion di­nars for all the clubs in Kur­dis­tan re­gion re­gard­less where the clubs are based. At first 30% of the money will be given then the rest will be pro­vided step by step. The Sports Di­rec­torate has taken all the re­quired mea­sure­ments for distri­bu­tion of the spec­i­fied amount of money," stated Dr. Smo.

A com­mit­tee has al­ready been formed from KRG's Min­istry of Fi­nance, Sports De­part­ment at the Youths Min­istry, and Kur­dis­tan Olympic Com­mit­tee (KOC) for dis­tribut­ing the money fairly.

Due to hav­ing big­gest num­ber of sports ac­tiv­i­ties, Suleimaniya has the big­gest share which is 351 bil­lion ID. Er­bil has sec­ond big share with 332 bil­lion ID. Duhok will be given 320 bil­lion ID while Zakho is pro­vided with 288 bil­lion ID and Koya with 190 Bil­lion ID. Although Kirkuk is ad­min­is­tra­tively un­der the Iraqi fed­eral government, but it has 236 bil­lion ID in the al­lot­ted money.

With most clubs suf­fer­ing in ad­min­is­tra­tion prob­lems and many oth­ers tee­ter­ing on the brink of col­lapse, league of­fi­cials are hop­ing any fi­nan­cial help comes as quickly as pos­si­ble from the projects.

The most in­ter­est­ing part of the al­lot­ted money is that each team in any club has its own share in the money al­lot­ted by KRG. The money which is al­lo­cated for a bas­ket­ball team in a club should not be spent for a foot­ball team in the same club.

Many clubs in Kur­dis­tan have only fo­cused on their foot­ball teams at the ex­pense of the other teams. Er­bil foot­ball team, for in­stance, spends hun­dreds of mil­lions of di­nars for bargain sign­ings with foot­ballers an­nu­ally, while the club's weightlifters get their pay once in four months. The new sys­tem is ex­pected to put an end to this in­jus­tice.

Un­like last year, the foot­ball teams in the sec­ond di­vi­sion and third di­vi­sion of Kur­dis­tan league will also have share in the money. Last year only the se­nior and first di­vi­sion team in Kur­dis­tan and Iraqi league ben­e­fited from the sports clubs' bud­get.

"We want to treat all the sports clubs and teams fairly. We even al­lot­ted some money for the women Fut­sal teams. Any teams that will con­trib­ute in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions will be fi­nan­cially sup­ported. From now on if any teams travel to out­side for in­ter­na­tional con­tri­bu­tions, they should be ac­com­pa­nied by sports re­porters and the Sports Di­rec­torate will take the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the trip costs,"

Af­ter the clubs re­ceived their bud­get for Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary, Dr. Smo asked them to go by the Sports De­part­ment's in­struc­tions on how to spend the money. Khan­zad Chess team and Rozh club, which is a team whose mem­bers are dis­abled, were pro­vided with 40 mil­lion di­nars.

De­creas­ing the num­ber of the clubs was an­other sub­ject of the con­fer­ence. Dr. Smo il­lus­trated that a spe­cial com­mit­tee has been formed for find­ing ways on how to re­duce the clubs. "The de­creas­ing process will be based on our in­struc­tions and we are not al­low­ing any po­lit­i­cal and per­sonal in­ter­fer­ence in the process. Some clubs will be dis­solved while some will be merged into one," he di­vulged.

In the con­fer­ence also, Dr. Smo dis­closed the date of clubs' man­age­ment board elec­tion which is go­ing to take place dur­ing Fe­bru­ary 26-27. Ac­cord­ing to new in­struc­tions re­leased by Sports Di­rec­torate, any­one who thinks they can run a post in the sports clubs is el­i­gi­ble to be elected.

Con­cern­ing the con­struc­tion of sports cities in the re­gion, Dr. Smo noted “We are go­ing to pre­pare a de­sign for the project and we will study the costs of the projects”. The prime min­is­ter also promised to ded­i­cate lands for the projects.

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