Santhi awarded by TN CM despite controversy
Santhi failed a gender test after the 800 metre final and was set to be stripped of her medal.india Updated: Dec 18, 2006 13:01 IST
Brushing aside the controversy surrounding her, Asiad silver medallist Santhi Soundararajan was on Monday given away cash prize by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
Santhi, who received Rs 15 lakh and a television set from Karunanidhi, told reporters that she still considered herself the winner in the 800 metres event.
"I have received no official communication so far from authorities of the Asian Games," she said.
Santhi failed a gender test after the 800 metre final and was set to be stripped of her medal.
Others medal winners at the Asian Games who received the cash award in Chennai were K Sasikiran (chess gold - Rs 20 lakh), Anju B George (long jump silver - Rs 15 lakh) and Sourav Ghosal (squash bronze - Rs 10 lakh).
The chief minister presented a television set to Santhi as her parents had stated that they could not watch her performance at the Doha Asian Games.
Tamil Nadu Sports and Youth Services Secretary G Rajkumar had on Sunday said the government had not received any communication about the reported stripping of Santhi's medal.