The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has sanctioned cash awards worth Rs 22.57 crore to 286 sportspersons who won medals for the country in last year's Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
These sportspersons would be given the cash awards under the scheme of Special Awards to winners of medals in International Sports events.
The award money for the medallists in Commonwealth Games and Asian Games was doubled in October 2010.
Under the scheme, gold medallists have been sanctioned cash awards of Rs 20 lakh, silver medallists of Rs 10 lakh and bronze medallists Rs 6 lakh.
Medal winners in team events have been given award money, which is not less than 50% of individual award money.
Cash awards worth Rs 5.10 crore have already been given to sportspersons who won gold medals for India in the 16th Asian Games held at Guangzhou, China in November last year.