While the gold medal winner Neeraj Chopra will receive Rs 2 crore, silver medalists Ravi Dahiya and Mirabai Chanu would receive Rs 1.5 crore each. Similarly the three individual bronze medalists — PV Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain and Bajrang Punia — would be given Rs 1 crore each. Besides, all 19 members of the Indian hockey team would be given Rs 1 crore each.
Members of the women’s hockey team, who performed exceptionally well but finished fourth, will also be given Rs 50 lakh each and so will golfer Aditi Ashok, who narrowly missed the bronze. Besides, all 10 players from UP who participated in the Olympics will be given Rs 25 lakh each. Varanasi hockey player Lalit Upadhyay thus stands to get Rs 1.25 crore. Head coach of the hockey team, Graham Reid, will also receive Rs 25 lakh.
Making this announcement while felicitating 75 sportspersons, including three Olympians at Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur on Friday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said: “We will honour all our Olympians and coaches with cash rewards on August 19. On this occasion, 75 sportspersons each from all the 75 districts will be invited to attend the event so that they may also draw inspiration from our achievers.”
“We will focus on providing good training to sportspersons in the state. Coaches will also be paid well,” he said.
“Due to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the biggest-ever Olympic team from India participated in the Tokyo Olympics. During the challenging times of pandemic, our sportspersons proved their mettle. When a sportsman wins on a global platform, the pride of the nation is enhanced,” he said.
“We have already announced that sportsmen from the state will get Rs 6 crore for Olympics gold, Rs 3 crore for silver and Rs 1 crore for bronze. We’ll also give cash awards to Olympic participants and have also decided awards for Commonwealth Games and Asiad.”
The CM said the government was trying to create a conducive environment for sports and wrestling and swimming competitions were being organized at Gorakhnath temple on the occasion of Nag Panchami for the last few years. “Due to coronavirus, we could not organise the programme in 2020 and 2021. I asked the organizers to hold a programme to honour our international, national, state and district level sportsmen,” he said and praised the talented sportspersons of Gorakhpur.
On this occasion, the CM honoured Olympians Prem Maya, Ranjana Srivastav and Preeti Dubey.
Director, sports, RP Singh said the detailed plan was being chalked out and added that the event would go a long way in promoting sports in the state.