UP announces Rani Laxmi Bai award for Sakshi Malik

  • IANS, Lucknow
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2016 14:39 IST
India's Sakshi Malik, with her coach Kuldeep Singh, celebrates after winning bronze against Kyrgyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova in the women's wrestling freestyle 58-kg competition (PTI)

The Uttar Pradesh government will honour Sakshi Malik, the first woman Indian wrestler to win a medal in Olympics, with the coveted Rani Laxmi Bai award.

This was announced by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday at a Raksha Bandhan ceremony in the state capital. He said Sakshi has made the nation proud by winning bronze at the Rio Olympics.

Akhilesh Yadav said: “I, on behalf of the state of Uttar Pradesh, congratulate her on this momentous occasion.”

The Rani Laxmi Bai award carries a cash prize of Rs 3.11 lakh, a citation and a statue of Rani Laxmi Bai. The 23-year-old won the bronze in the 58-kg category wrestling on Wednesday.

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