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Haryana to honour Olympics medal winners

chandigarh Updated: Aug 16, 2012 21:29 IST
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To honour medal winners and participants of London Olympics, hailing from Haryana, the state government would host state level civil reception at Bhainswal village of Sonepat district on August 26, a spokesperson said.

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will honour the winners at Ch. Matu Ram Sports Complex at Bhainswal village.

The village panchayat had requested the CM to host the function in their village, after Yogeshwar Dutt of their village won bronze medal in recent London Olympics.

Notably, government has taken this decision after out of total six medals won by, four medals have been bagged by players hailing from Haryana or those associated with the state.

The spokesperson said the state would honour the sportsperson by giving them cash rewards for their exemplary performance in the games. Their performance would inspire many others to take keen interest in sports, he added.

He said that the chief minister has already announced to give Rs 1.50 crore to wrestler Sushil Kumar for winning Silver and Rs. one crore each to shooter Gagan Narang, badminton sensation Saina Nehwal and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt for winning Bronze medals in the games.

He said that CM had also announced to give Rs. 31 lakh to Haryana's ace athlete, Krishna Punia for competing in the final of the discus throw and a cash reward of Rs 21 lakh each to boxer Vijender Singh and wrestler Amit Kumar for qualifying for quarter finals and to Geeta Phogat for becoming the first ever Indian women wrestler to have qualified for the Olympics. He also announced to give Rs 31 Lakh to players for reaching the finals.

He said that the other 10 participants of the state in the games have also been given Rs 11 lakh each.