Rathore praises para athletes at award ceremony, calling them real icons

NEW DELHI: Calling them "real icons" of the country, the government on Tuesday congratulated the recipients of the medals at the Asian Games in Asia by awarding them cash rewards equal to those of non-disabled athletes, after the participation record. from India to the continental event.

The winners of the gold medal received a cash reward of 30 lakhs each, while the silver and bronze medalists won respectively 20 lakhs and 10 lakhs.

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, and Sports India Chief Executive Officer Neelam Kapur were present.

The Indian para-athletes recorded their biggest medal win in the history of the Games by winning 72 medals, including 15 gold, 24 silver and 33 bronze.

Sports Minister Rathore congratulated the winners and thanked them for making the country proud.

"You are real icons of the country.This trip was not easy because you overcame many obstacles in life.Many may have given up, but you have not done so. This proves your self-determination, many people might have doubted your abilities, but today you have proven them wrong, "he said.

Rathore emphasized that para-athletes have the full support of the government, which makes no difference between them and competent athletes.

"The Ministry of Sports and the government are on your side and we have set up a center of excellence in a new stadium in Gandhinagar exclusively for you," he said.

The Minister of Sports reminded para-athletes to focus on the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

At the last Para Asian Games, India won 33 medals including 3 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 16 bronze medals.

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