Lucknow: Uplifting the condition of sports and athletes, the Uttar Pradesh Government has announced to give away hefty cash awards to the Olympic medalists.
Athletes who will be winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games will be awarded Rs 6 crore each by the state government. While the silver and bronze medalists will bag a whopping amount of Rs 4 crore and Rs 2 crore respectively, officials here on Monday confirmed.
Not only this, all the athletes participating in the Olympics held in Tokyo will be given Rs 10 lakh each by the State government.
Enhancing the talent of the players, CM Yogi and his government, after coming to power, has left no stone unturned in increasing the facilities for the players.
For the athletes playing team sports, the Yogi Government has decided to give Rs 3 crore to the winner of a gold medal and Rs 2 crore and 1 crore to the players winning silver and bronze medals respectively in the Olympic game.
Under the mission ‘Khoob Khelo Khoob Badho’, the Uttar Pradesh Government is making all the necessary arrangements for the better training of the players.
Special coaches have also been appointed to impart the training. Along with increasing the convenience of the players in the hostels, the construction of new stadiums has also been done expeditiously.
It is noteworthy that as soon as the Yogi-led Uttar Pradesh Government came into power, as many as 44 hostels were established for 890 players, who were into different sports in more than 19 districts. The amount for the sports kit has also been increased from Rs 1000 to Rs 2500.
UP CM also showered his best wishes to the athletes of the state who are participating in the Olympic games.
Among the sportspersons who will participate in the Olympic Games from UP are:
In Athletics: Priyanka Goswami, Annu Rani, Seema Punia from Meerut, and Shivpal Singh from Chandauli.
In Shooting: Saurabh Chaudhary of Meerut and Meraj Ahmed Khan from Bulandshahr.
In Boxing: Satish Kumar from Bulandshahr.
In Rowing: Arvind Singh from Bulandshahr.
In Hockey: Vandana Kataria from Meerut and Lalit Kumar Upadhyay from Varanasi.