It is raining rewards for Neeraj Chopra after he secured India’s second individual gold in Olympic history with a sensational performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The 23-year-old athlete from Haryana has been honoured by several state governments and private organisations for his remarkable achievement.
On Saturday, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced a special cash reward of Rs. 2 crore for his award-winning 87.58m javelin throw in Tokyo. The Chief Minister said that it was a proud moment for India and all Punjabis, since the family of Neeraj Chopra, a serving soldier of Indian Army, traces its roots to Punjab.
Notably, Neeraj Chopra practiced most of the time at NIS Patiala. Earlier, he had won a gold medal in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in 2018 and was current national record holder with 88.07m throw. He had also won the gold medal in Junior World Championship and set U 20 World Record with 86.48m throw.
It is the second Gold Medal by an Indian in the individual category of the Olympic Games after Abhinav Bindra, hailing from Punjab, won the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Chopra will also get a cash reward of Rs 6 crore, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar said on Saturday. Khattar also declared that Chopra will be made head of the upcoming Centre for Excellence in Athletics in Panchkula.
The BCCI on Saturday announced a cash reward of Rs one crore for Chopra.
IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings also declared a reward of Rs one crore for Chopra.
“As a mark of appreciation and honour on his stellar achievement, CSK is awarding Rs. 1 Crore to Neeraj Chopra,” said CSK in a statement.
Meanwhile, IndiGo announced that it will offer unlimited free travel for one year to Chopra after he won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.
On Sunday, edtech major BYJU’S announced a cash reward of Rs 2 crore for star India javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra following his gold medal-winning feat at the Tokyo Olympics.
The startup also announced Rs 1 crore for each of the other six medallists, who brought laurels to the country at the Games.
JSW Group also announced awards for the country’s seven medal winners. While Neeraj will be awarded Rs 1 crore, his coach Klaus Bartonietz and physiotherapist Ishaan Marwaha will be awarded Rs 10 lakhs each.