It’s raining cash rewards for star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra after his Olympic gold medal-winning feat on Saturday as an overjoyed nation couldn’t have enough of the young athlete. Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar announced Rs six crore for the 23-year-old athlete from the state while his Punjab counterpart Amrinder Singh declared a special cash reward of Rs 2 crore.
Cash rewards have also been publicized for the other medal winners and Olympians by various states. The cash-rich BCCI announced Rs one crore for Chopra and also monetary rewards for India’s other medal winners at the Tokyo Olympics Khattar said that Chopra will be made head of the upcoming Centre for Excellence in Athletics in Panchkula.
Neeraj Chopra on Saturday became only the second Indian to win individual gold and the first to get a track-and-field medal for the country in Olympics. As per our sports policy, Neeraj Chopra will get a cash reward of Rs six crore, a Class-I job and a plot of land at concessional rates, said Khattar.
Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings also avowed a reward of ₹1 crore for the javelin thrower. CSK will be creating a special jersey with the number 8758 as a mark of respect to Neeraj Chopra.
Chopra, a junior officer in the Indian army with the Rajputana Rifles, made his first mark on international athletics with a world junior title in 2016. Two years later, he became the first Indian athlete to win the javelin at the Asian Games and at the Commonwealth Games and was the current National Record Holder with 88.07 Meters throw.