Win in Rio and win double the money, Hooda tells Haryana’s Olympic medallists

Win in Rio and win double the money, Hooda tells Haryana’s Olympic medallists

first_imgThe Haryana government has decided to double the prize money for sports persons from Haryana who win medals in the next Olympics, to be held in Rio in 2016.Announcing the government’s decision, the Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that gold medalists hailing from Haryana would get Rs 5 crore, silver medalists would get Rs 3 crore while bronze medalists would get Rs 2 crore.The chief minister was speaking at a function held in Sonepat on Sunday to honour the sport persons who won medals in the London Olympics.The CM honoured wrestler Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, ace badminton player Saina Nehwal, shooter Gagan Narang and 15 other participants from Haryana. They were given cash prizes, luxury cars, LED TVs and other electronic gadgets.Sushil Kumar was given a cash prize of Rs 1.5 crore, while Yogeshwar Dutt, Saina Nehwal and Gagan Narang were given Rs 1 crore each.Olympic finalist Krishna Punia was awarded with a cash prize of Rs 31 lakh and quarter finalists Vijender and Amit were awarded Rs 21 lakh each. The first woman wrestler from the country to have qualified for Olympics, Geeta Phogat, was also given a cash prize of Rs 21 lakh.All the other 11 participants from Haryana – Annuraj Singh, Garima Chaodhary, Jai Bhagwan, Manoj Kumar, Om Prakash Singh, Sandeep Singh, Sanjeev Rajput, Sardara Singh, Seema Antil, Sumit Sangwan and Vikas Krishan – were given cash awards of Rs 11 lakh each.The four medal winners were handed over keys to Audi Cars and 15 other participants were given special edition SX4 cars.advertisementMeanwhile, wrestler Amit Kumar, who reached the quarterfinals, was appointed as an Inspector in Haryana Police. The CM also announced gifts of land to Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Saina Nehwal, shooter Gagan Narang and boxer Vijender Singh for setting up their own academies in the state. The coaches of the medal winners were honoured with cash prizes of Rs three lakh each and coaches of other participant players were given Rs one lakh.Hooda also announced Rs 2 crore for development of bronze medalist grappler Yogeshwar Dutt’s Bhainswal Kalan village in Sonepat, Rs 1 crore each for development of Malothi village of silver-medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar in Jhajjar and shooter Gagan Narang’s village Shimla Gujran in Panipat.last_img

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