Olympians’ sports equipment attracts high bids at auction by PM Modi

Over time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received several gifts and souvenirs, which the Prime Minister auctioned to raise funds for different projects. Prime Minister Modi has been auctioning such gifts and souvenirs since becoming Chief Minister of Gujarat. The third edition of the auction which went online on September 17 is more special than ever since it includes the gifts offered to the Prime Minister by the Olympians. Olympians who won medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and 2020 Paralympics had offered various sporting items to the Prime Minister, which are currently being auctioned. The proceeds from the auction will go to the Namami Gange initiative.

When announcing the auction, Prime Minister Modi wrote: “Over time, I have received several gifts and souvenirs which are being auctioned. This includes special memories donated by our Olympic heroes. Take part in the auction. Profits would go to the Namami Gange initiative. Notably, PM Modi had asked Neeraj if he was okay with selling the javelin at auction when PM received the gift from him. When he was Gujarat CM he collected Rs 89.96 crore by auctioning the gifts he received and donate proceeds from the sale to the Kanya Kelavani Fund, a program for girls’ education.

The auction will run from September 17 to October 7, 2021. Those who wish to bid can register at https://pmmementos.gov.in. A total of 1,330 souvenirs, including sports gear and equipment donated to the Prime Minister by the winners of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, are included in the auction. Artifacts include replicas of Ayodhya Ram Mandir, Chardham, Rudraksh Convention Center, models, sculptures, paintings, angavastras among others are also to be grabbed.

According to the press release issued by the Minister of Culture, the javelin used by gold medalist Sumit Antil at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and the javelin used by Neeraj Chopra at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are listed at Rs. One crore each as a base price. Other items offered by the Olympians are also being auctioned with a base price of Rs. One crore each, however, bid prices for them have increased to Rs ten crore now.

Some of the items available for auction include a table tennis racket autographed by Tokyo 2020 Paralympic silver medalist Bhavina Patel, a badminton racket autographed by Tokyo 2020 Paralympic gold medalist Krishna Nagar, a disc autographed by the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic silver medalist Yogesh Khatuniya, racket and badminton bag used by Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bronze medalist PV Sindhu, badminton racket autographed by Tokyo 2020 Paralympic gold medalist Pramod Bhagat. Apart from this, a large number of sports equipment offered by the Olympians is available for purchase on the auction site. The current auction prices for most of these items are currently Rs 10 crore, indicating their popularity.

Some clothing, such as a t-shirt of Paralympic table tennis silver medalist Bhavina Patel, and a stole autographed by the Indian contingent for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games, also go under the hammer, and are currently priced at Rs 10. crore each. .

Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy said in a tweet: “Here is an opportunity for you to own a piece of history and glory. The 3rd edition of the Online Auction of Gifts and Souvenirs Received by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has started.

Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu sent a video message urging everyone to participate in the auction. In her post, she said she was happy to hear that her gift (badminton racket) to PM Modi is being auctioned for the cause. She said: “I never thought my racquet would serve such a unique and noble purpose.” She further added that she looked forward to seeing who would win their racquet and contribute to the Namami Gange mission.

Proceeds from the online auction will go to the Namami Gange mission which aims to conserve and rejuvenate Ganga.

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