Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday announced a Rs 1.5 crore cash award for grappler Sushil Kumar after he won a silver medal at the London Olympics.
Hooda congratulated Sushil for winning the medal and said that he had made the state and the country proud. The chief minister also announced to give Sushil a piece of land to set up a wrestling academy in Sonepat. Sushil settled for a silver in the 66-kg freestyle category after being outclassed by Japanese opponent Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu 3-1 in the gold medal bout.
The Indian wrestler recorded his name in sports history annals of the country by becoming the first-ever sportsperson to win back-to-back individual Olympic medals, having won a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Earlier, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, shooter Gagan Narang and ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, brought laurels to the state by winning a bronze each. A cash award of Rs 1 crore was announced for them as well by the state government.