New Delhi: The Sports Ministry on Tuesday, September 6, took over to their Twitter handle to announce that the Paralympic medallists from Rio de Janeiro will be rewarded with cash awards at par with those who competed at the recently concluded Olympics.
The Sports Ministry on Tuesday tweeted, “Gold medallists of #Paralympic Games are entitled to Rs 75 Lacs, Silver Rs 50 Lacs & Bronze Rs 30 Lacs as cash award from MYAS.”
The tweet further said “This cash award to the #Paralympic medallists is at par with medallists of #Olympics.” It is the first time that India has sent its biggest-ever contingent of 17 athletes to the Rio Paralympics.
The Paralympics which is taking place at Rio De Jenerio will commence tomorrow.
The squad being sent to the Rio to participate in the Paralympics include, Devendra Jhajharia, India’s first Paralympic gold medallist (Athens 2004), and will be eyeing a medal at the javelin throw event in the F46 category.
The squad of 17 athelets further includes: Mariyappan Thangavelu (high jump), Varun Singh Bhati (high jump), Pooja (archery), Sharad Kumar (high jump), Rampal Chahar (high jump), Sundar Singh Gurjar (javelin throw), Devendra Jhajaria (javelin throw), Rinku (javelin throw), Narender Ranbir (javelin throw), Sandeep (javelin throw), Amit Kumar Saroha (club throw), Deepa Malik (shot put), Dharambir (club throw), Ankur Dhama (1500 metres), Basha Farman (powerlifting), Suyash Narayan Jadhav (swimming), Naresh Kumar Sharma (shooting).