Cash rewards and incentives amounting to at least Rs 3.5 crore awaits woman wrestler Sakshi Malik who clinched a historic bronze medal for India at the Rio Olympics.
Govt of Haryana - Sakshi’s state - had announced before Olympics, Rs 6 crore for gold medallists, Rs 4 crore for silver and Rs 2.5 crore for bronze winners.
Sakshi is also entitled for Rs 20 lakh earmarked for Olympic bronze medallist under Sports Ministry’s special awards scheme.
The railway ministry had announced cash awards of Rs 1 cr, Rs 75 lakh and Rs 50 lakh to gold, silver and bronze medal winners and a further Rs 10 lakh for qualification.
For the first time, Indian Olympics Association had also announced that it would award Rs 50 lakh, Rs 30 lakh and Rs 20 lakh for gold, silver and bronze.
In addition, the IOA had also announced that the coaches would get 50% of what the athletes receive.
Besides these, Bollywood actor Salman Khan, a goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent at the Rio Games, had promised a cheque of Rs 1,01,000 for all the athletes who took part in the Olympics.
Sakshi on Wednesday night ended the country’s painful wait for a medal at the Olympic Games by clinching the bronze medal in the 58kg category, pulling off a sensational 8-5 victory over her rival in the play-off bout.
The 23-year-old wrestler also became only the fourth woman athlete from India to win a Olympic medal as she earned a dramatic win falling behind 0-5 in the do-or-die bout on day 12.
Her bronze is the first medal by an Indian woman wrestler and fifth overall for the country in Olympics.