Ranchi: The state government on Friday announced a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh each for the players hailing from Jharkhand who were part of women’s hockey team which finished fourth in the Tokyo Olympics.
Chief Minister Hemant Soren said that the Indian women’s hockey team could not get a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics, but the way all the girls fought against the team from the Great Britain team in the bronze medal match is commendable.
“I salute the entire Indian women’s hockey team. The daughters of Jharkhand and my sisters made a wonderful contribution to the performance of the Indian women’s team,” he said.
The Jharkhand government had already announced before the start of the Olympics that two crore rupees would be given to the players of the state for winning gold, one crore for winning silver and fifty lakh rupees for winning bronze. The Indian women’s team could not win the battle for bronze. For the better performance of the daughters of Jharkhand, the government will modify its earlier decision to give 50-50 lakh rupees to all the players of Jharkhand’s who are part of the Indian women’s hockey team and convert everyone’s ancestral house into a pucca house.
The Indian women’s hockey team created history by reaching the semi-finals and proved with their zeal that they have the ability to compete with the best team in the world.
“There is an incomparable contribution of every player, coach and all the support staff in taking the Indian women’s team to this point, I and the whole of Jharkhand express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart and congratulations for the excellent performance and best wishes for the future,” he said adding that the Jharkhand government is determined to provide all kinds of facilities to the players coming forward in the field of sports.
He said that recently the government has provided government jobs to sportspersons who have won medals at international level and this sequence will continue.
The Chief Minister said that there is no dearth of talent in the youth. “Our government will provide all possible facilities to enhance their talent so that India’s danka and Jharkhandi players are respected all over the world,” he said.