The JSW Group has announced cash awards for India’s Tokyo Olympics medallists and their support staff, with Rs one crore reserved for Neeraj Chopra, the country’s first track and field athlete to win gold.
India produced its best-ever performance at the recently-concluded Tokyo Games, its athletes winning seven medals, including a gold, two silver and four bronze medals.
Javelin thrower Chopra secured India’s second individual gold in Olympics history with a sensational performance.
“Neeraj Chopra will be awarded Rs 1 crore cash grant while his coach Klaus Bartonietz and Physiotherapist Ishaan Marwaha will be awarded Rs 10 lakh each,” read a statement from JSW Group.
Silver medallists, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who opened India’s account on the first day of competition, and wrestler Ravi Dahiya, who became only the second grappler from the country to win a silver, will get 20 lakh each while their coaches, Vijay Sharma and Satpal Singh, will receive Rs 5 lakh each.
The bronze medallists — wrestler Bajrang Punia, boxer Lovlina Borgohain and shuttler P V Sindhu — will get Rs 15 lakh each.
“Bajrang Punia will be awarded Rs 15 lakh while his coach Emzarios Bentinidis & Physiotherapist Manish Chetri will be awarded Rs 5 lakh each.”
“P V Sindhu will be awarded Rs 15 lakh while her coach Park Tae-Sang will be awarded Rs 5 lakh.
“Lovlina Borgohain will be awarded Rs 15 lakh while her coaches Raffaele Bergamasco and Sandhya Gurung will be awarded Rs 5 lakh each,” the statement added.
The men’s hockey team, which won bronze — its first Olympic medal in 41 years — will get Rs 2 lakh each along with head coach Graham Reid, head physio, and assistant coach.
“A grant of Rs 1 lakh each will also be awarded to 4 other Coaching Staff.”
Parth Jindal, Founder of Inspire Institute of Sport and JSW Sports said, “These Indian athletes created history for India at Tokyo Olympics 2020 in more ways than one.
“This year’s performance has been the tipping point for India to acknowledge and recognize our sporting achievement and potential on a global stage. I am confident that we can expect India to perform even better at Paris 2024,” he added.