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Sikkim’s son Tarundeep expected to enhance image of country in Olympics: Sports Minister Lepcha

Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs, Kunga Nima Lepcha, interacting with media, here Wednesday expressed best wishes for Tarundeep Rai and all other players from the country looking forward to participating in Summer Olympics Tokyo.

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Gangtok: Sikkim wishing Archer Tarundeep a grand victory in the Summer Olympic Games, Tokyo.

A campaign launched by the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs from 23rd June to 23rd July is on with Selfies, Dialogues, Quiz, Debates and Talkshow also attached importance by Minister KN Lepcha and Secretary.

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Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs, Kunga Nima Lepcha, interacting with media, here Wednesday expressed best wishes for Tarundeep Rai and all other players from the country looking forward to participating in Summer Olympics Tokyo. Minister, was accompanied by Secretary Raju Basnet, Additional Director Doma Tshering and Jigme Bhutia, Deputy Director S& Y A.Minister wished success for all the 119 players from India, scheduled to participate in Tokyo Olympics-2020 being held this year.

The Minister highlighted the steps taken by the State Govt, including increasing the amount of money given to winners, increasing reservation from 2 pc in employment to 5pc for Sportsmen and provision for employment.

Minister Lepcha announced a hiked rate of Reward for winners. Gold Medal winners will be rewarded with Rs Two Crores and a half, Silver medalist will be rewarded with One and a half Crore and Bronze medalist One Crore. Those in Groups (team events ) Gold awardee will be given Rs 25 Lakhs, Silver 10 Lakhs and Bronze 5 Lakhs.

He said the increase has been decided by the Chief Minister. ‘The Sports talents abound in Sikkim. The talent search is being done from Block level to the highest administrative level. We hope to see many Tarundeeps in future,’ said Minister Lepcha.

Archer Tarundeep Rai (37), will be participating in a men’s team event with Atanu Das and Prason Jadhav. Their Coach Man Bahadur Gurung has accompanied 4 of them. While Deepika Kumar will be participating in women’s singles, recurve. Tarundeep can be seen on Sony Sports, under Indias’ Archery at 5.30 am IST on 23rd July and Deepika from 9.30 to 11-30. Individual ranking rounds for men will be held also. India has never won an Archery medal in Olympics so far, but this time it is anticipated.

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