The Sports Ministry on Tuesday doubled the cash awards for gold medal winners to Rs 20 lakhs for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games to encourage sportspersons to come up with an improved performance in the upcoming mega-events.
The announcement to increase the cash incentives was made by the Sports Minister MS Gill, who also expressed confidence that the Commonwealth Games will be held successfully in October.
He said the main outcome of the Games would be the "performance of our sportspersons and the sporting legacy left behind by the event". "With a view to encouraging the sportspersons, the minister announced doubling of cash awards for the CWG and the Asian Games to Rs 20 lakh for gold-medallists, Rs 10 lakh for silver-medallists, and Rs 6 lakh for bronze-medallist," the Ministry said in a release.
Meanwhile, the State Sports Ministers stressed on the need to enact a National Sports Act to bring more accountability in the functioning of the federations and promoting better governance. "The State Sports Ministers unanimously resolved that there was an urgent need for enacting a National Sports Act for promoting good governance practices in the National Sports Federations, including professional management, financial accountability and good electoral practices," the statement said after the annual conference of State Sports Ministers.
Samresh visits Vasant Valley
Ace shooter Samresh Jung and Commonweakth Games (CWG) mascot Shera visited the Vasant Valley School on Tuesday as part of the school initiative programme for Delhi 2010.
Shera was greeted by the school children with great enthusiasm.
"I am extremely glad to see so many children, who were very happy to see Shera. This was a very important activity since these children are the ones who will grow up and remember the Games. You never know, there might be another champion in them," said Jung.
He also exuded confidence about India's prospects in shooting. "India is a very strong contender in shooting.
There are other teams like England, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and other countries. We really don't need strong teams, we need just one strong contender and this competition is won."