Taking a dig at the Punjab gover nment, Asiad silver medallist Khushbir Kaur said while neighbouring Haryana was giving lucrative cash prizes to Asian Games medallist, Punjab’s sportspersons were feeling cheated as the cash prizes announced were too “paltry and insulting”.
Asian Games silver medallist Khushbir Kaur (second from right) and Navjeet Kaur (centre), bronze medal winner at World Junior Athletics Meet, with Khalsa College governing council honorary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina (extreme left) in Amritsar on Tuesday.
Talking to mediapersons at a function hosted in her honour by Khalsa College for Women, Khushbir, who bagged a silver medal at Incheon in 20-km walk event, said: “The only time we felt proud was when the Tricolour was going up the mast at Incheon and we were bestowed with the medal.
However, upon our return, the gover nment gave scant regard to us for bringing laurels to the nation,” said an emotional Khushbir.
Khushbir had earlier said she thought had she ever represented Punjab? “Had I been playing from Haryana, I would have been given all respects and honour that was due to me. Why is Punjab discouraging its sportspersons so badly,” she questioned.
Haryana had announced rs 2 crore for gold medallist, Rs 1.5 crore for silver Rs 1 crore for bronze medal winners in the Asian Games, while Punjab has announced Rs 20 lakh for gold medallist, Rs 16 lakh for silver and only Rs 11 lakh for bronze medalists.
Speaking on the occasion, Navjit Kaur Dhillon, who won a bronze in World Junior Athletics Meet held in the US recently, stressed that there was an urgent need for the state to boost the morale of the players.