Sakshi Malik ended India’s long wait for a medal at Rio 2016 Olympics when she won a bronze in the women’s wrestling 58kg category on the 12th day of the Summer Games. The win is set to make the Rohtak girl richer as plenty of cash rewards are set to come her away. As things stand, an inflow of more than Rs 2.5 crore is on the cards. Here’s how:
# Haryana government has promised a bumper bonus for medallists. Rs 6 crore for gold, Rs 4 crore for silver and Rs 2 crore for bronze. In addition to this, land in the state.
# Railways had promised a cash reward of Rs 1 crore for gold medallist, Rs 75 lakh for silver medallist and Rs 50 lakh for bronze medallist. Malik is employed with Railways and is set get Rs 50 lakh from them.
# At a meeting with the managers and coaches of the teams, the IOA top brass comprising president N Ramachandran and secretary general Rajeev Mehta, it was earlier announced that the national Olympic body for the first time would award Rs 50 lakh for a gold medal, Rs 30 lakh for silver and Rs 20 lakh for bronze.
In addition, the coaches will be awarded an equivalent of 50 per cent of the amount that the athletes receive. So, a gold-winning athlete would receive Rs. 50 lakh, while his or her coach would receive Rs. 25 lakh and so on.
Ramachandran said, “this is the first time we are doing it and we hope that this will form an additional incentive for the athletes and we are looking at a higher than ever medal haul”.
# Salman Khan has also promised a cheque of Rs 1,01,000 for the athletes
# JSW to give the bronze medallist Rs 15 lakhs