Throughout a felicitation programme organised for the triumphant Indian athletes, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) awarded Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra with a money award of Rs 75 lakh.
That is the primary time, IOA is providing money incentives to Olympic medallists.
The silver medallists — wrestler Ravi Dahiya and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu — acquired Rs 50 lakh every for his or her heroics in Tokyo.
The bronze medallists — shutter PV Sindhu, boxer Lovlina Borgohain and wrestler Bajrang Punia — obtained Rs 25 lakh after their wonderful present on the recently-concluded Olympics.
“I guarantee you we’re going to improve TOPS in order that increasingly athletes may be benefitted,” a delighted Thakur mentioned on the sidelines of the programme.
Optimistically, he added, “When such a operate is held after the 2024 Olympics, I hope the medallists are so many who there is no such thing as a area left right here (for them to occupy).”
Every member of the bronze-medal profitable males’s hockey group obtained richer by Rs 10 lakh every. The coach of gold winner Chopra will obtain Rs 12.5 lakh, whereas coaches of Dahiya and Chanu get Rs 10 lakh. The coach for the bronze winners was given Rs 7.5 lakh.
It was additionally introduced that Rs 1 lakh can be given to all 128 Tokyo Olympians. All of the medallists had been current.
Moreover, the medal-winning National Sports Federations (NSFs) had been offered with cheques of Rs 30 lakh every.
Together with Thakur and the opposite dignitaries current, Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) president Narinder Batra, too, lauded the nation’s athletes for his or her efficiency on the showpiece.
“There was a variety of gloom and despondency within the nation because of COVID-19 earlier than the Olympics. However your (athletes) efficiency within the Tokyo Olympics has modified all that and you’ve got introduced a smile to 1.3 billion folks of the nation,” Batra mentioned.
“You could have realised what you all have achieved for the nation.”
Chopra’s coach Klaus Bartonietz and Jaiveer Choudhary, who launched the athlete to the Shivaji Stadium in Panipat, didn’t flip up for the occasion.