Tokyo Olympics: Women's hockey players from Haryana to be offered ₹50 lakh each
The Indian women's hockey team failed to script history at the Tokyo Olympics, losing the bronze medal playoff to Great Britain 3-4. Meanwhile, the Haryana government has decided to award its female hockey players a cash reward of ₹50 lakh each.
On Friday, the Indian women's hockey team suffered heartbreak at the Tokyo Olympics, losing its bronze medal playoff to Great Britain 3-4. However, despite all of it, the team has won the heart of the entire nation, as it produced its joint-best Olympic performance ever.
Consequently, the Haryana government has decided to award its female players in the side a cash reward of ₹50 lakh each. The states Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced the same on social media, saying, "Haryana government will award Rs 50 lakhs each to the nine members of the Olympic women's hockey team who are from Haryana."
He also congratulated the entire women's hockey team for putting up an extraordinary show. Also, back in Haryana, family members of the players were glued to the television screen, cheering their hearts out for the players and inspiring them to win the bronze.
Meanwhile, Rani's father said that the Indian team had a strong show and was extremely unlucky to miss out on the medal, reports PTI. He also felt that the side's performance is sure to inspire a new young generation of female hockey players, who would be willing to take up the sport.
Furthermore, Mahender Punia, father of goalkeeper Savita, felt there was no need for the Indian women to feel low, as the match result does not reflect the true performance of the side. Also, Neha Goyal's mother was emotional following the match.
Also, the Manipur government would award men's hockey team member Shanglakpam Nilakanta Sharma a cash prize of ₹75 lakh. The decision was announced by the state's Chief Minister, N Biren Singh, who also said that she would be given a suitable government job, reports PTI.
The announcement comes a day after India ended its 41-year-long wait by winning a medal at the Games, as it beat Germany 4-3 to win the bronze. Earlier, Biren had already made it clear that the player from the state would receive a cash prize in winning a medal, as the awards for winning gold and silver were ₹1.2 crore and ₹1 crore, respectively.
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