New Delhi, Jan 18: Paralympians, including shotputter Deepa Malik and jevelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, will be bestowed with cash awards for their medal-winning performance at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Also Read - India's Medal Count Will be in Double Digits at Tokyo Paralympics: Deepa Malik
An Indian businessman, Mukkattu Sebastian has announced a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakhs for Jhajharia and high jumper T Mariyappan, who won gold medals at the Rio paralympics. Also Read - Paralympian Deepa Malik Recalls Toughest Times of Her Life, Says Darkest Night Brought Best Sunrise of my Life
Sebastian, who is based in UAE for four decades, also announced Rs. 3 lakh for Deepa, who won the silver medal and 2 lakhs for high jumper Varun Singh Bhati for winning the bronze medal at the Rio paralympics. Also Read- Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges nation to support U-17 football World Cup Also Read - Indian Paralympic Committee Welcomes Postponement of Tokyo Olympics 2020 Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
“The awards will be presented by the Hon Chief Minister of Kerela, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, on january 20th, 2017 at 2:30 pm; the ceremony will be hosted at St. Joseph Higher Secondary school, Trivandrum,” Sebastian said in a release.
Jhajharia became India’s second gold medal winner at the Rio Paralympics after he broke his own world record with a throw of 63.7m in the men’s F46 Javelin Throw, while Mariyappan won the gold in the men’s high jump T?42 event, with a leap of 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in).
Deepa won the silver medal in the women’s shotput F53 event with a personal best throw of 4.61m, while Varun Bhati, clinched the bronze medal in the men’s high jump T-42 event with a personal best jump of 1.86 metres. Also Read- Kapil Dev inducted into Legends Club ‘Hall of Fame’
Earlier, Sebastian had announced a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh for India’s silver-medalist ace shuttler P V Sindhu and Rs 25 lakh for wrestler Sakshi Malik for winning the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics 2016.