Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday that Indian chess player Srinath Narayanan was asked to pay custom duty on the gold medal which he won at the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad.
According to the news, Narayanan had to pay a custom duty of Rs 6,300 to win a gold medal at the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad in August this year. Rijiju said on Saturday that his office has contacted the player and the issue has been resolved.
“I am very upset with this news. My office has already reached the athlete, ”he wrote on his official Twitter handle.
“It was a case of misunderstanding between the customs and the courier company. The issue is resolved. The company has accepted the slip up and will return the money to athlete Srinath Narayanan. ”
On Wednesday, Narayanan gave information on social media that he had received the medal, but after paying custom duty for it.
“The medals are here!” Thanks @FIDE_chess now on the way to send him to the rest of the team. it was not easy! It reached India from Russia in three days, but it took more than a week to reach India from Bangalore, and the customs had to be paid! “Narayanan tweeted.
The Indian chess team claimed its first gold medal after being elected joint winner with Russia in the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad.
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