Sports Ministry Announced That India’s Paralympic Medallists Will Get Prize Money Equal To Olympic Medal Winners
In a fine gesture to appreciate and motivate the Paralympic athletes, the Sports Ministry has announced that India’s Rio Paralympic medallists would be given cash awards equal to that of Olympic medal winners of last month’s Summer Olympic Games. The sports Ministry announced on Tuesday that the gold medallists at the Paralympics will be given 75 lakh cash prize; the silver medallists will be awarded Rs 50 lakh and the bronze medallist Rs 30 lakh.
GOI gives Rs.75 lakh for gold, 50 lakh for silver and 30 lakh for bronze to winning athletes in Paralympics – at par with #Olympics.
— Dept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) September 6, 2016
India is sending a team of 19 athletes in 10 disciplines at the Games which will be held September 7-18.
Men: Mariyappan Thangavelu, Varun Singh Bhati, Sharad Kumar, Rampal Chahar (High jump), Sundar Singh Gurjar, Devendra Jhajaria, Rinku, Narender Ranbir, Sandeep (Javelin), Amit Kumar Saroha, Dharambir (Club throw), Naresh Kumar Sharma (Shooting), Suyash Narayan Jadhav (Swimming), Basha Farman (Powerlifting), Ankur Dhama (1,500m), Virender Dhanka (Javelin, Shotput).
Women: Pooja (Archery), Deepa Malik (Shot put), Karamjyoti Dalal (Discus).
This the biggest-ever contingent that India has sent for the Paralympics so far.
India’s first Paralympic gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia (javelin thrower) is also going to take part in 2016 Paralympic Games.