The BCCI on Saturday announced cash rewards for India’s medal winners at the Tokyo Olympics with Rs one crore reserved for Neeraj Chopra, who became the country’s first track and field athlete to win a gold medal. Javelin thrower Chopra secured India’s second individual gold in Olympic history with a sensational performance. In a tweet, BCCI secretary Jay Shah also announced that Rs 50 lakh each will be given to silver medallists — Mirabai Chanu and Ravi Dahiya.
Mirabai Chanu won India’s first weightlifting medal at the Games and Ravi Dahiya became only the second wrestler from the country to win silver after Sushil Kumar (2012). The bronze medallists — wrestler Bajrang Punia, boxer Lovlina Borgohain and shuttler P V Sindhu — will get Rs 25 lakh each. The men’s hockey team which won its first Olympic medal in 41 years will get Rs 1.25 crore.
Later in the day, IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings announced an Rs one crore reward for Chopra. ”As a mark of appreciation and honour on his stellar achievement, CSK is awarding Rs. 1 Crore to Neeraj Chopra,” said CSK in a statement.
”CSK will be creating a special jersey with the number 8758 as a mark of respect to Neeraj Chopra,” it added. Cash rewards to the tune of Rs 9 crores poured in for star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who on Saturday won India’s first-ever track-and-field Olympic medal with a gold-medal-winning feat at Tokyo Games. After Chopra secured India’s second individual gold in Olympic history with a sensational performance, the chief minister of Haryana and Punjab ML Khattar and Amarinder Singh announced cash rewards of Rs 6 crores and 2 crores respectively.
The BCCI also announced that Rs 1 crore has been reserved for Chopra, who produced a second-round throw of 87.58m in the finals to stun the athletics world and end India’s 100-year wait for a track and field medal in the Olympics. Khattar also announced that Chopra will be made head of the upcoming Centre for Excellence in Athletics in Panchkula. ”As per our sports policy, Neeraj Chopra will get a cash reward of Rs six crore, a Class-I job and a piece of the plot of land at concessional rates,” said Khattar.
Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Ravi Dahiya has thanked Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for announcing the construction of an indoor wrestling stadium at his native village Nahri in Sonepat.
Singh also recognised the stupendous achievement of Chopra and announced a special cash reward of Rs. 2 crores in an official statement. Earlier, wrestler Ravi Dahiya had also made the country and Haryana proud by winning an Olympic silver medal. Congratulating Chopra and other medal winners, Khattar said: ”Today is a golden day in the chapter of the history of our sport ”It is a big achievement for the country our athletes have made us proud of. People of Haryana and the country are happy today at the feast of our sportspersons,” Khattar said.
The Chief Minister said that a grand felicitation function will be held in Panchkula On August 13, in which the players from the state who took part in Tokyo Olympics will be honoured. Earlier, he had announced indoor wrestling stadiums in native villages of wrestlers Ravi Dahiya and Bajrang Punia in Sonipat and Jhajjar districts, respectively.
For his bronze medal-winning effort, as per the state’s sports policy, Punia will get a cash reward of Rs 2.5 crore, a piece of the plot at concessional rates and a state government job. The Haryana government will also honour the nine history-making women’s hockey players of the state with cash rewards of Rs 50 lakh each, while an equal amount would be given to each sportsperson of the state who stood at the fourth position in any event in the Olympics.