Delhi government announces cash prizes for athletes and coaches who emerge victorious


Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday announced attractive cash prizes for coaches as well as players competing in the Tokyo Olympics. Delhi DyCM said that a prize of Rs 10 lakh will be awarded to coaches of athletes who win medals at the flagship event. He also revealed that Delhi athletes winning a gold medal in the quadrennial event would be eligible for a prize of Rs 3 crore.

Delhi announces awards for winning athletes and their coaches at Olympics

Speaking at a meeting on Friday, Deputy CM Delhi Manish Sisodia stressed the importance of providing multidimensional support to athletes. He revealed that Delhi athletes, as well as their coaches competing in the Tokyo Olympics, will receive cash prizes. He also announced the award of Rs 2 crore to athletes who win a silver medal and Rs 1 crore to those who receive a bronze medal at the Olympics.

Delhi athletes who compete in this year’s Olympics and are eligible for the prizes include shooter Deepak Kumar, table tennis player Manika Batra, sprinters Amoj Jacob and Sarthak Bhambri. The Delhi Assembly passed a bill earlier in 2019 establishing the Delhi Sports University (DSU). By announcing the university which will offer diplomas, postgraduate degrees and doctorates in cricket, football and hockey, among other sports, the Delhi government had pledged its support to future athletes in the state.

Speaking at the meeting, the Deputy CM said: “Preparations are in full swing for Delhi to produce future Olympians and we are making sure that nothing is overlooked to build a world-class sports university. Delhi Sports will work to prepare these athletes who will win medals for the country at the Olympics, and the university will turn Delhi into a huge sports center.

Manish Sisodia also highlighted the role of the future Delhi Sports University in training athletes who will represent India at future Olympics. The deputy CM also revealed the Delhi government’s hopes to host the 2048 Olympics. “In order to promote sport in this direction, the university will organize sporting events all over Delhi through community sports so that a active environment is created for sport in the city as well as across the country and so that we can host the 2048 Olympics, “Sisodia added.

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