Among the many greatest on this planet, wrestler Bajrang Punia and archer Atanu Das are two of the brightest medal prospects for India on the Tokyo Olympics beginning later this month. And but, if Bajrang clinches a gold, he’ll pocket Rs 6 crore as money award from his state whereas Das should be happy with simply Rs 25 lakh.
Purpose: The financial worth of an Olympics medal in India is dependent upon the place the medallist hails from.
Haryana, Bajrang’s house state, has introduced money awards for medallists starting from Rs 6 crore (gold) to Rs 2.5 crore (bronze) whereas Das’s West Bengal will award quantities from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. UP, Odisha and the Chandigarh administration, too, are providing Rs 6 crore for gold adopted by Karnataka and Gujarat with Rs 5 crore.
The state awards are separate from the Rs 75 lakh (gold), Rs 50 lakh (silver) and Rs 30 lakh (bronze) that the Central Authorities affords to Olympics medallists.
Talking to The Indian Express, Manoj Tiwary, former cricketer and West Bengal’s new Minister of State for Affairs of Sports activities and Youth, stated: “As per the 2018 order of the West Bengal authorities, for the Olympic Video games, prize cash for a gold medallist is Rs 25 lakh. For a silver medallist, prize cash introduced was Rs 15 lakh, whereas a bronze medallist will get Rs 10 lakh. From West Bengal, three sportspersons are going to the Olympics this yr, and we are going to do what must be finished for his or her encouragement.”
Former Olympian and Haryana’s Sports activities Minister Sandeep Singh says the state needs to indicate its assist to athletes. “We wish to convey to the gamers that the Haryana authorities is with them of their journey to the Olympics and a medal. We’re glad that different states are matching or following our money award coverage…no matter is occurring, is occurring for the great of the gamers,” Singh stated.
Two-time Asian Video games gold medallist and former athlete Jyotirmoyee Sikdar is obvious that the quantity provided by West Bengal is “too much less”.
“Whereas nothing can match a participant’s dedication and energy to win an Olympic medal, the quantity of Rs 25 lakh to be given to an Olympic gold medallist from the state is simply too much less. Coaching wants and competitors ranges have grown within the final 2-Three many years and matching different states when it comes to prize cash will encourage gamers and provides them the peace of mind of monetary safety,” Sikdar stated.
Former Commonwealth Video games gold medallist, boxer Akhil Kumar, sees Haryana as a pioneer in monetary encouragement to sportspersons. “Haryana has set an instance for different states,” he stated. Haryana has 31 athletes, essentially the most from any state, within the 120-member Indian contingent for Tokyo.
UP Sports activities Minister Upendra Tiwari believes such incentives encourage youth. “Our imaginative and prescient is to reward deserving gamers and see Uttar Pradesh, which is the largest state when it comes to inhabitants, lead within the variety of Olympics medals. That’s why we’ve got made the availability for money awards,” he stated.
UP is sending eight athletes to Tokyo, on par with Maharashtra. “We have now a coverage whereby an athlete who wins gold will probably be eligible for a money prize of Rs 1 crore, silver for Rs 75 lakh and bronze for Rs 50 lakh,” Maharashtra Sports activities Commissioner Om Prakash Bakoria stated.
—(With Shamik Chakrabarty)