Chandigarh: The Punjab Government is organizing a special function on August 12 to honor the bronze medal winning men’s hockey team at the Tokyo Olympic Games and the Punjabi players representing Punjab in other sports with cash prizes.
During the function, Punjab players and Javelin Throw gold medalist Neeraj Chopra would be honored with a total prize money of Rs. 15.10 crore. This was disclosed by the Minister for Sports and Youth Services Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi in a press statement issued here today. Mr. Rana Sodhi said that the players would be honored by the Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh while the Governor of Punjab Mr. VP Singh Badnaur would be the special guest. After this all the players will be given dinner.
Disclosing this here today the Sports Minister said that as per the special announcement made by the Chief Minister a gold medal winning athlete from Punjab Neeraj Chopra would be honored with an amount of Rs. 2 crore. He said that Indian hockey team has won a medal in Olympic Games after 41 years in which most of the players (11) including captain and vice-captain were from Punjab. The 11 Punjabi players of the bronze medal winning Indian hockey team are Manpreet Singh (Captain), Harmanpreet Singh (Vice Captain), Rupinder Pal Singh, Simranjit Singh, Mandeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Shamsher Singh, Varun Kumar, Dilpreet Singh, Hardik Singh. And the reader will be awarded Rs 1-1 crore.
Similarly, Gurjeet Kaur and Reena Khokhar, two Punjabi players of the Indian team who made history by finishing fourth in the women’s hockey competitions at the Olympic Games and Kamalpreet Kaur, who finished sixth in the discus finals of the Athletics, were awarded Rs 50 lakh each. Will be done. He further said that other Punjab boxers representing India in the Olympics were boxers Simranjit Kaur, shooters Anjum Maudgil and Angadveer Singh and athletes Tejinder Pal Singh Toor and Gurpreet Singh and badminton player Palak Kohli who was going to participate in the Paralympics. One lakh will be awarded.