In a happy news, Haryana’s sports minister, Anil Vij, announced on Sunday that every sportsperson who belongs to the state and has won CWG gold medals will be awarded Rs 1.5 crore. Vij declared the cash prize for all the Haryana-based athletes who shone in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast. Congratulating the athletes from Haryana for winning 22 medals, including nine gold, six silver and seven bronze, the minister said, “It is a great achievement; they have made the country and the state proud. Thirty-eight players from Haryana represented the country in the Commonwealth Games.”
“Every gold medal winner will be entitled for class A, silver medal winner for class B and bronze medal winner for class C job in Haryana government,” Vij added.
Alongside the gold medalists, each silver medallist will get Rs 75 lakh. And the bronze medal winners will be given a cash award of Rs 50 lakh.
The cash rewardees include India’s new shooting sensations Anish Bhanwala, aged 15, who became the youngest Indian to win a medal at the CWG and 16-year-old Manu Bhaker who also hails from Haryana and Vinesh Phogat who bagged gold in Women’s 50kg freestyle. A total of 38 players from Haryana participated in the CWG. And out of the 66 Indian medal winners in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (CWG) in the Australian 22 are from Haryana. The players will be honoured on April 26.
India’s sportspersons celebrate the country third highest medal haul this year. After the tournament, India ranks third after Australia (198 medals) and England (166 medals). This is also India’s third best performance in the Commonwealth games so far.
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