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BCCI to reward Olympic medallists; Rs 1 crore for Neeraj

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
August 07, 2021 23:56 IST
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Neeraj Chopra

IMAGE: Neeraj Chopra won the men's javelin on Saturday with a best throw of 87.58 metres to claim an historic first Olympic athletics gold medal for India. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

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 country's first track and field athlete to win a gold medal.

 

Chopra won India's second individual gold medal in Olympic history with a sensational performance in the men's javelin throw at the Tokyo Games.

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 a 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 a 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.

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