New Delhi: Indian hockey player, who was part of the team that defeated Germany to win the bronze medal at Hockey World League Final, will get Rs 10 lakh cash prize by the Odisha government as announced on Sunday. Meanwhile, each supporting staff of Hockey India would get Rs 5 lakh.
“Well played, #India, bronze winners of #HWL2017. The young team showed brilliance & tremendous grit to achieve podium finish. Happy to announce a 10 lakh cash prize to each player & coach & 5 lakh each for support staff of @TheHockeyIndia. They have made us proud. #INDvGER,” tweeted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Patnaik distributed the bronze medals to the Indian Hockey players at the Kalinga Stadium in the presence of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who is was also in Bhubaneshwar to watch the matches, did not announce any incentives for the bronze medallists. He said that incentives are provided under the sports policy for nurturing the talent of players.
He said that the union government has revamped Khelo India aiming at impacting the entire sporting ecosystem, with wide-ranging interventions.
He said under this scheme, the government will provide a scholarship to 1,000 talented youngsters across various sports disciplines.
Each sportsperson selected under this scheme will receive an annual scholarship of Rs 5 lakh for eight consecutive years. (With IANS inputs)