Tokyo 2020: BCCI secretary Jay Shah announces cash prizes for Indian medalists, INR 1 crore for Neeraj Chopra


Tokyo 2020: BCCI secretary Jay Shah announces cash prizes for Indian medalists, INR 1 crore for Neeraj Chopra

Jay Shah and Neeraj Chopra

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah has announced handsome cash prize money for the Indian medalists at the Tokyo Olympic Games. He announced these rewards for athletes bringing back glory for their nation in each sport.

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With the highest prize for gold-medalist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra (INR 1 crore), Shah revealed the amount for other champions as well. Silver medalists Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting) and Ravi Kumar Dahiya (wrestling) are set to receive INR 50 lakhs each. On the other hand, bronze medal winners PV Sindhu (badminton), Lovlina Borgohain (boxing) and Bajrang Punia (wrestling) will be receiving INR 25 lakhs each. Lastly, the Indian men’s hockey team that clinched a historic bronze medal at Tokyo 2020 will be rewarded with a total amount of INR 1.25 crores.

In a recent tweet posted on Jay Shah’s official account, he made this announcement while tagging the Board’s president Sourav Ganguly, treasurer Thakur Arun Singh and vice-president Rajiv Shukla.

India’s performance at Tokyo 2020

Neeraj Chopra, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Ravi Kumar Dahiya Indian Medallists at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Neeraj Chopra, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Ravi Kumar Dahiya

The current Indian contingent has successfully produced their nation’s best-ever performance at any edition of the Games. With a total of seven medals, the Indian athletes surpassed their previous best tally of six medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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Moreover, Neeraj Chopra’s historic performance also marked India’s second only individual gold medal at the Olympics alongside the first-ever medal in the track and field event. Apart from this, the men’s hockey team’s bronze was also iconic as India won a medal in this sport after a gap of 41 years.

Not just the seven medalists, but Indian athletes across sports have made the nation proud despite missing out on a podium finish. The Indian sports fans and supporters heard several inspiring stories that will definitely lay a foundation for the upcoming athletes in the years to come.

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