Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced a cash award of Rs 2.5 crore for the state athletes who will manage to bag the coveted gold medal in any discipline at the London Games.
Hooda also announced a prize money of Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 1 crore for silver and bronze medal winners at the London Olympics.
In order to encourage youngsters to pick up Olympic sports, the Haryana Government has decided to award each and every participant at the London Games Rs 11 lakhs. Hoping to set an example, the Haryana government has also promised the same amount of cash bonanza for any Paralympian who will manage to win a medal in the London Paralympics, set to start from August 29th. This is a big leap from the sum of Rs 50 lakh that wrestler Sushil Kumar and boxer Vijender Kumar received on their Bronze medal winning effort at the Beijing Games.
At an event organized to conclude the Haryana Government initiated ‘BOL (Best of Luck) India’ campaign, Hooda reiterated the government’s commitment to encourage Olympic sports in the state.
The campaign organized road shows, quizzes and other social activities to raise awareness about the London Games over the last ten days. Out of the total 81 athletes from India in Olympics, 18 are from the relatively small state of Haryana. Among them are some of the major medal hopefuls such as Sushil, Vijender and ace shooter Gagang Narang.
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