Oil Minister Murli Deora, on Thursday, said a reward of about Rs 9 crore will be shared by the Indian athletes that secured a record haul of medals at the 19th Commonwealth Games that concluded in New Delhi on Thursday.
Congratulating the Indian players, Deora said: "Their excellent performance would motivate more youths taking to sports and make India a strong sporting nation in coming years." The Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB), whose patron is Deora, will give Rs 10 lakh to every gold medalist, Rs 7.5 lakh to every silver medalist and Rs 5 lakh to every bronze medalist, an official statement said.
India won a record 38 gold, 27 silver and 35 bronze medals to emerge second in the medals tally behind Australia. "For their stellar performance, the Indian medal winners will get a total prize money of about Rs 9 crore," the statement said.
The PSPB promotes some of the leading sports personalities of the country like Ronjan Sodhi (Shooting); Saina Naiwal, Chetan Anand, Jwala Gutta and V Diju (Badminton); Sharad Kamal, Soumyadeep Roy, Poulami Ghatak, Subojit Saha and A Amal Raj (Table Tennis). In addition, Harvant Kaur (Discuss), Om Prakash (Shotput), Sinimone Paulose (800 metres); Chitra, Mandeep, Jauna Murmur and Tiana (4 x 400) ; Jagsir Singh (Javelin) and Rohan Boppana (Tennis) are affiliated to the PSPB. Nearly 50 sports persons affiliated to the PSPB represented India at the Games held here from October 3-14.